Vehicles at work continue to be a significant cause of fatal and major injuries, with thousands of incidents involving transport in the workplace occurring every year. Consequently, it’s a topic requiring serious consideration, with a clear commitment from senior management critical to securing and maintaining a safe workplace.
Common problems that arise are associated with a failure to adequately assess the risks, poor communication and co-operation, inadequate arrangements for segregation of pedestrians and vehicles, poor surface conditions (roads, yards, car parks and designated pedestrian routes for example), insufficient information, instruction and training, inadequate arrangements for vehicle selection, inspection, maintenance and repair, and procedures for contractor/visitor management.
Any piece of mobile equipment in the workplace is classed as a ‘vehicle’, including cars, trucks and self-propelled machinery. So when looking at workplace transport, consider any vehicle used in a work setting.