Some important advice from our friends at Portner Press and the Health & Safety Handbook.
Forklift accidents due to poor traffic management are an ongoing problem in Australia.
Despite the huge penalties that can be imposed for not implementing suitable traffic safety measures, this is still an issue that many employers are failing to address.
Below, we outline 6 steps every employer must take to identify traffic hazards in the workplace and determine what controls to put in place to manage the risks from those hazards:
Step 1: Consult your workers
When identifying traffic hazards, you should consult with:
Be sure to consult all affected workers, particularly if there are some who work different shifts.
Step 2: Identify all collision points
Map out all movement of mobile plant and vehicles inside the premises, including:
Step 3: Identify the safest routes on the site plan
Determine the requirements of pedestrians, mobile plant and vehicles in your workplace. Then identify the safest routes and mark them on the site plan.
You must display your site plan in a clearly visible place.
The safest route may not be the most direct route. You will also have to account for the fact that workers may try to take shortcuts.
Using physical barrier to separate mobile plant from pedestrians may help to prevent dangerous shortcuts.
Step 4: Consider the effectiveness of current controls
Consider whether the current arrangements for separating pedestrians from mobile plant and vehicles are effective, or whether better options are available.
To make this assessment, ask yourself the following questions:
Once you have identified the hazards and their associated risks, use the hierarchy of control to determine appropriate risk controls.
The hierarchy of control is a risk control method that sets out approaches you can use to control risks and hazards in the workplace, in order of implementation.
Elimination is the most effective control. If this is not reasonably practicable, minimise the risk as much as possible by working through the other alternatives in the hierarchy, in order of effectiveness.
The following lists some examples, using the hierarchy of control, to minimise traffic hazards:
Hierarchy of control Examples
Step 6: Communicate controls to workers and visitors
Communicate controls and display the new site plan in prominent locations throughout the workplace. You should require all workers and visitors to the site to comply with it.
Learn more in the Health & Safety Handbook
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