Most operators will say something like: ‘I’ve been running these machines for a loooooong time, never had a problem, why should I change?’ (The correct reply is that they’ve been LUCKY!) Keep in mind, aside from work zones and job sites, one of the deadliest places for backing a vehicle: your driveway! No joke. And these accidents transcend the meaning of the word ‘horrific," involving kids, spouses, neighbors, pets, etc. Makes you think of backing up in a different light, no? Look at the date on this article: Back-over deaths devastate families across U.S.
If you are still not convinced of the importance associated with controlling the equipment backing, read these bulletins from OSHA and NIOSH:
For the truly dedicated, learn what NIOSH has found from their research. These guys are scientists; your tax dollars at work. This kind of research is what saves lives over the long haul, so please, no more whining about Big Government :
- NIOSH Guidance on Vehicle Accidents in Work Zones
- NIOSH Guidance on Construction Equipment Visibility
About the author: John J. Meola, CSP, ARM is a construction safety specialist with the Louis Berger Group. He is based in Richmond, Va., and recently completed an assignment at the Bethesda Naval Hospital / Walter Reed National Military Medical Center construction project. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org