5th April, 2018
Vehicle related incidents cause around 50 deaths and 1500 major injuries at work each year. Traffic management is therefore an important consideration in any workplace to prevent fatal and serious accidents to your workforce.
Transport management can be more of a headache in construction than in other industries.
The problem in construction is that every site is different, different site layout, different access points, different requirements, different tasks, different plant and machinery, a different number of users… the list goes on.
Not only that, but the same site needs various layout arrangements at different stages of the projects.
Here are our top 10 examples of good traffic management on construction sites:
The easiest way to stop people getting injured by plant and vehicles on site? Keep pedestrians and vehicles as far apart as possible. Easier said than done, but separate pedestrian and vehicles entrances, access routes and barriers will help.
When planning your vehicle access routes avoid obstacles such as excavations, structures, overhead cables, uneven or unstable ground and watercourses. Overturning vehicles are often a cause of major and fatal accidents.
You have access routes, you have a speed limit, you have a plan of action. Just make sure that everyone knows it! Display a site plan, mark up your routes, display signs and include traffic management in the induction for everyone.
One of the key areas assessed by HSE inspectors during construction health and safety inspections is that sites are well organised and walkways and access routes are free of obstructions. Keep your access routes clear to prevent drivers looking for another way around.
It’s a familiar story, something about waiting for a bus and they all come at once? Well, the same can happen with deliveries, especially during site set up. Plan ahead and schedule deliveries and other vehicle movements so they can be managed safely. The fewer vehicles on site at once, the less crowded (and safer) the site will be.
On construction sites, due to the nature of the work, the site layout is likely to change throughout the project as buildings and structures are constructed. Failing to keep your traffic management plan updated, or failing to have one in place at all, could lead to dangerous situations involving vehicles and plant on site.
Your workforce may be well aware of the dangers presented by plant and machinery on site, but is this at the front of their minds, or are they rushing around trying to get the job done? Take a 10 minute toolbox talk refresher to ensure the job gets done with safety in mind.
Ensure all your plant operators have the appropriate training, and that it is frequently renewed. Don’t give complacency time to take hold.
All vehicles and plant on site need to be safe. Built-in controls such as guards, brakes, and alarms need to work to be effective. Ensure your plant and vehicles are inspected and maintained so that they are safe to be on site.
Traffic management is an ongoing requirement, don’t let standards slip once other project demands take hold. Put in place near miss reporting, get feedback from banksmen and enforce the rules as required. Regularly monitor and review your plan to ensure it is effective.
Need help producing your construction traffic management plan? Our team of health and safety professionals have managed traffic on a large number of construction projects and have created this construction traffic management plan template for your sites.