Between 2009 – 2014, 12 workers died from being hit or trapped by mobile plant and 900 accepted workers’ compensation claims for serious injuries in Queensland alone.
Between 2009 – 2014, 12 workers died from being hit or trapped by mobile plant and 900 accepted workers’ compensation claims for serious injuries in Queensland alone. Don’t let this happen in your workplace. Planning is the first step to ensure work is done safely. Use these 3 powerful tools to ensure you and your crew get home safely.
1. Portable traffic lights – Barrowlight
Plan to take your guys off the road. Minimize traffic controller exposure to vehicles by replacing stop/slow controllers with a set of Barrowlights (portable traffic lights).
Traditionally stop/slow controllers have been used to slow traffic for roadwork zones where the contractor’s budget is too lean to hire or purchase a set of portable traffic lights. Or, the job has to be “knocked over in half a day” and the contractor simply doesn’t have time to arrange an external traffic control company to manage traffic. The Barrowlight is the perfect solution. It’s reliable, efficient, durable, practical and awfully smart.
2. Onsite Traffic Management Self-assessment Tool
Each worksite is completely different, so don’t just think that you can roll out the same old TMP and “she’ll be right”. No. We’re dealing with lives now, so fasten on your responsible hat low and tight. Here’s a tool that will assist you in reviewing the effectiveness and adequacy of your existing risk management approach for vehicle and mobile plant traffic movements. It will also help generate ideas and opportunities to improve your practice
3. Printed Safety Vests
Who’s Who in the Zoo? Traffic controllers have authority to direct motorists whereas other road workers do not. It’s good practice for traffic controllers to be distinguished from other road workers at the site. Having the person clearly denoted as a traffic controller is beneficial. In the case of a trainee traffic controller, alternative / additional words such
as: “TRAINEE” or “TRAFFIC CONTROLLER TRAINEE” may be printed on the garment.