Workplace transport accidents are all too common, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities across industries. As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect your employees from transport-related hazards. This begins with conducting a thorough risk assessment and establishing proper controls.
When designing or updating facilities, aim to separate pedestrian and vehicle routes as much as possible. Design traffic flow patterns that eliminate reversing needs and allow adequate operating space. Designate delivery areas, install safety features like convex mirrors and warning signs, enforce speed limits, and ensure regular maintenance.
Establish and enforce site rules for loading/unloading operations. Require personal protective equipment as needed and provide safe places for workers not directly involved to wait. Institute “Safe Stop” procedures requiring equipment operators to set brakes, put vehicles in neutral, turn off engines, and remove keys before exiting.
Carefully select and train equipment operators, confirming they are licensed and medically fit if required. Provide specialised training as needed and remind workers to avoid driving impaired. Require visiting drivers to follow site rules and monitor their activities. Coordinate with other on-site businesses to ensure everyone takes safety responsibility.
Workplace transport accidents often result from poor planning and lack of ongoing vigilance. By taking a proactive approach to identifying and controlling risks, you can help prevent injuries and save lives. Regular reviews and updates to your transport safety program are key to keeping workers safe in dynamic work environments. Don't wait for an incident to make safety improvements.