Have you checked your site traffic hazards lately? Last week, Dandy Premix Concrete Pty Ltd was sentenced in the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court after being found guilty of not providing a safe workplace by failing to take reasonably practicable steps to eliminate the risk of powered mobile machines colliding with pedestrians.
The company was fined $120,000 and also ordered to pay costs of $13,850.
The court heard that workers were cleaning up spilled slurry as a truck was loading concrete. Once the truck was full, it pulled out and collided with one of the workers seriously injuring his arm and fingers which involved the amputation of fingers.
The court heard the company did not have a traffic management plan that identified hazards, including collisions between trucks and pedestrians on the site and that there were no risk control measures in place, such as exclusion zones or physical barriers to separate pedestrians from vehicles.
Traffic Management sits at number 88 in epar’s Top 100 Risks and this case highlights the need for everyone to address this risk.
Now is the ideal time to check your work areas to see what measures you have in place to keep pedestrians and vehicles separated. Where mobile plant is used on your site, please check:
- A traffic management plan or procedure is in place for pedestrians and powered mobile plant and that it is reviewed and updated as appropriate.
- Pedestrians are separated from moving machinery and that an effective communication system between operators, transport contractors and ground staff is in place.
- Signage is in place and barriers are erected where appropriate.
- Visibility issues are identified and controlled, particularly if lighting is poor.
- Workers operating equipment have the appropriate licences, as required.
- Machinery and vehicles are regularly inspected and maintained by a suitably qualified person.
We have developed:
- A Traffic Management SOP
- A Traffic Management Inspection Checklist
- An epar Stand UP Talk on traffic hazards in the workplace
We are working on:
- Identifying the risk controls to insert into the Connect Digital Risk Register
- Embedding our Traffic Assessment Checklist into the epar digital inspections app.
If you need any further information or support, please contact your epar Area Manager or call our free Support Hotline 1300 471 175.