Careful observation needs to be taken in and around the workplace to identify areas where pedestrians and vehicles interact. Below we take an overview of what you need to know and best practices for reducing risk and liability at work in Australia.
In a lot of the cases the risks are well known and observed by those around the work-place but some cases may need a risk assessment carried out so the likelihood of someone being injured or harmed in any way, can be identified and lessened.
Security cameras and the like may be an advantage where traffic volumes are higher and where there are potential blind spots or areas where the visibility is poor. It is a good practice to talk to employees and workers around the workplace and ask them what problems they are encountering that could be addressed and made safer.
A lot of the accidents around the workplace are due to vehicles reversing or loading and unloading and pedestrians do not see them if there is not sufficient warning lights or alarms This could also be putting your valuable customers at risk.
The Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws state a business is required to do all that is reasonably practical to eliminate or at least lessen the risk of any mishaps or accidents around the workplace.
There are ways of controlling risks that are ranked from the highest level of protection and reliability to the lowest. This is known as the hierarchy of risk control. Employers must work through this to manage the risks.
Is it possible for pedestrian routes and vehicle areas to be fully separated. Perhaps using barriers or separated walkways for pedestrians and having a particular delivery area where pedestrians are not entering or needing to walk.
You can get speed limiters on the forklifts or other sensing devices to control the speed of the forklifts. Or if this is not possible signs can be erected to warn people of moving vehicles or warn vehicles that are loading and unloading that pedestrians may be present. High vis clothing is also an advantage for drivers of forklifts and similar vehicles.
A traffic management plan should be regularly monitored and reviewed, especially where an accident has taken place, to ensure it is set up correctly and notes any changes in the workplace. Also ensure all staff are familiar with the plan and have had training in the various aspects of it.
Any staff expected to work in environments where traffic of any kind is present, should be fully trained to perform their duties and this training should be administered by a competent trained person. All contractors, visitors and relevant people should have a clear understanding of the safety procedures in the workplace and surrounds and be responsible to take due care of themselves and others around them.
If you are still having trouble with all the information you need for your business, please touch base with our support staff and we will be happy to help out with any areas you are stuck on.
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