4 ways to reduce collision risk when working at height
An average of seven people die a year because of collisions on construction sites - don't let that be you!
Wherever there are vehicles, there’s a risk of collisions and potentially fatal accidents, and construction sites are no different; plant is as dangerous when on the move as when in action on site. In fact, according to the HSE website, an average of seven people die a year because of collisions on construction sites, and many more suffer minor injuries.
In many cases, however, accidents are avoidable with proper planning and procedures. Read on to find out some of the biggest collision risks and how to reduce them.
Reducing collision risk
No clear division between pedestrians and vehicles. Keeping pedestrians and vehicles apart is essential to avoiding collisions. Reduce collision risk by providing specific entrance and exit sites for vehicles, clearly marked walkways for pedestrians and dedicated crossing places. Also, install barriers and keep paths clear of obstructions, so neither pedestrians nor vehicles need to stray into the path of each other.
Unrestricted vehicle movements. Limiting vehicle movements reduces the opportunity for collisions. Plan routes to, around, and from the worksite, so that vehicles travel the shortest and safest route possible and implement one-way systems where needed. Control access to the area and consider assigning secure storage and parking areas. If vehicles need to turn or manoeuvre, allow space and plan turning circles.
Reduced visibility. Ensuring both pedestrians and drivers can always see each other reduces the chance of traffic-related accidents. If blind spots are unavoidable, put provisions in place such as mirrors and cameras or instruct workers to direct traffic. If working in low light, set up artificial lighting and provide high visibility clothing or PPE where necessary.
Unclear signage and instructions. Collisions are less likely if everyone on site knows where they are permitted to go. Clearly display a site plan and ensure all workers know, understand, and follow the correct routes and procedures. Also, provide work inductions and training and display clear signs for the public and visitors.
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