On average, around 7 workers die each year as a result of accidents involving vehicles or mobile plant on construction sites. In addition, approximately 90 workers are seriously injured1.
Accidents occur throughout the construction process from groundworks to finishing works. Managers, workers, visitors to sites and members of the public can all be at risk if activities around or involving construction vehicle are not properly managed and controlled.
Many incidents of property damage, injury and even fatalities can, and should, be prevented by effectively managing transport operations throughout the construction process. Poor planning and control and a failure to review procedures as a site changes and evolves is often at the root of construction vehicle accidents.
Reasons for incidents involving traffic on and around construction sites include poor segregation of pedestrians and vehicles and moving plant, challenging manoeuvres and movements – particularly reversing and turning, inadequate training and experience of workers and a lack of signs, instructions and visibility.