Defensive driving applies to the job site too, no matter if that is a construction site, a warehouse parking lot, a residential area, or an isolated field site.
The potential for injury begins upon arrival at the job site. Hazards can be present even before a worker exits their vehicle and even when driving around the site.
Workers should practice safe procedures when driving all types of vehicles and construction equipment to avoid creating hazards to themselves and their co-workers. Backing up equipment or vehicles can be especially dangerous if workers fail to follow safe operating procedures.
When having a safety meeting about driving on site, make sure these important points are covered with everyone who works on the job site (not just those employees who drive work vehicles!)
All vehicles that will be used must be inspected to ensure that they are in safe operating condition and free of apparent damage that could lead to an accident. Ideally, copies of the inspections will be maintained.
Prevent backing incidents by:
OSHA Standard 1926.601(b) says that vehicles used to transport employees shall have seats firmly secured and adequate for the number of employees to be carried and seat belts and anchorages shall be installed in all motor vehicles.
OSHA Standard 1926.602(a)(2) says that seat belts shall be provided for earthmoving equipment such as scrapers, loaders, crawler or wheel tractors, bulldozers, off-highway trucks, graders, agricultural and industrial tractors, and similar equipment.
Many states have strict rules against transporting personnel in the back of a pickup truck. Always follow regulations and your sites safety procedures for transporting co-workers on a site.
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