People work in close proximity to many vehicles on a construction site. If people do not take the right precautions, they may become involved in a backover accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that as they back up, construction vehicles may collide with people who are walking or standing behind them. Workers may sustain serious injuries or die in a backover accident.
Causes of backover accidents
Many factors may result in these incidents. If a worker falls off a construction vehicle, the driver may accidentally back over this person. Excessive noise on the construction site can also prevent people from hearing the backup alarms. Additionally, if workers stand or kneel in a vehicle’s blind spot, the driver may not see them. Sometimes, a spotter for one vehicle may accidentally walk into the path of another vehicle.
Prevention of backover accidents
People can take many steps to keep backover incidents from occurring. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, people can use cameras to help drivers see behind the vehicle. Many construction vehicles may already have cameras but workers can also install them. This step can help eliminate blind spots behind a vehicle. People should also designate a spotter for each vehicle. This person can use hand signals to communicate with the driver. If drivers lose visual contact with the spotter, they can stop moving until they regain contact.
Additionally, people may utilize a traffic control plan. This plan allows people to coordinate the movement of every person and vehicle on the construction site. People can designate certain areas for vehicles or set up certain routes so that trucks do not need to back up. These plans can also keep most workers out of the path of moving vehicles.
If people put prevention measures in place, they may be able to decrease the number of backover accidents that happen on their construction sites.