We already dealt in the past with an issue that particularly concerns us: safety at the workplace, especially when we talk about hazardous jobs in adverse sites such as quarries, mines and construction sites.
As you well know, major risk factors are present in these environments for both ground operators and big machinery drivers on unsurfaced, muddy or sloping roads, where operations can become really tough and dangerous.
Size, weight and power of these vehicles represent a high risk for people and equipment within their operating area. One of the main causes is the operator’s restricted visibility compared to the vehicle dimensions. Many are the blind spots in the immediate proximity of the machinery. Therefore, it is crucial to pay utmost attention and adopt rules of conduct that ensure the safety of all staff members.
Since prevention is the first and best defense to avoid accidents, we’re leaving you today a list of best practices for your own safety and that of all the people working with you.
At the beginning of your shift, before starting your vehicle, make an inspection and check its general state:
Make sure with your supervisor that the vehicle you’re going to drive has been regularly inspected by the maintenance team so that all these items are checked:
Now, it’s time to get into the cabin. First of all, check there’s no mud on the steps or under your shoes - you might slip. We suggest you to follow the so-called triple-support procedure when you climb on board: that is two hands on the side supports and one foot on the steps, or two feet on the steps and one hand on the support, and so on.
Once on board, check the visibility through the windshield and side windows. Adjust the seating position, the rear-view and wing mirrors and fasten the safety belts. Before starting the vehicle, make sure you have a good visibility, you must always be able to master any situation.
Each construction site or mine has its own safety rules, access roads, directions of travel and road signs. Anyway, there are some basic rules of conduct you should always adopt:
These are just a few guidelines to keep in mind when working in these environments. Nonetheless, always ask your supervisor for the safety procedure on site to safeguard your physical integrity and that of the people working with you. Remember…safety first!