All the above are relevant questions that need to be asked with any vehicle moving on or adjacent to your site, which is there as a result of your works. However, a recent case shows that even the biggest local authority in the country can get it wrong. One of their workers suffered, fortunately non-life threatening injuries, when he was trapped by a non assisted reversing bin lorry. HSE investigators found by reviewing CCTV that such practice was not uncommon. It was however, contrary to the Authorities safe working procedure which required a colleague to act a reversing assistant for such manoeuvres.
As a result of not ensuring that these procedures were followed, the Authority was found in breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations Section 5(1). The resultant fine amounted to just under £12,000.
To help you answer all the original questions we suggest a C&D Vehicle Marshalling and Banksman Reversing Vehicles Course which covers:
- Ensuring the safe passage of reversing vehicles in confined spaces
- Identifying areas of danger within the site
- Demonstrating HSE and Road Transport Industry Training Board recommended code of signals
- Guidance of large goods vehicles both rigid and articulated using the above code of signals to HSE guide notes.