Managing workplace traffic is a vital part of every health and safety plan within businesses. Heavy vehicles, including mobile plant that are active in and around the workplace, whether reversing, loading or moving slowly are regularly connected with injuries and in some cases, death to workers and members of the public. Workplace traffic can include cars, bikes, trucks and heavy mobile plant such as forklifts. Traffic can also include site visitors, groups and individuals. The best form of pedestrian protection is to remove anything considered as a traffic hazard. This is done at the design stage by creating a clear layout of the workplace and identifying areas where vehicles and individuals could come into contact. Examples of this include preventing vehicles from being used in areas accessed by people or creating different traffic routes to prevent individuals entering areas where there are vehicles. When this isn’t achievable the risks must be minimised wherever possible. This takes considered planning, design and control of vehicle and pedestrian movements in and around the defined workplace space.
Items that should be considered for managing traffic, especially traffic on construction sites include:
- ensuring people and vehicles are clearly separated on site, with a specific focus on areas where vehicles enter and exit the site
- reducing the movement of vehicles
- either completely removing the need for reversing vehicles or finding suitable ways to minimise the need for reversing
- making sure vehicles and people are clearly visible at all times
- making good use of traffic signs, and
- creating and implementing a carefully considered traffic management plan that aligns with all safety requirements
All West Australian businesses have a duty to make sure workers and members of the public are not exposed to any form of health and safety risks arising from the work that is being carried out. This duty includes ensuring controls are in place that prevent workers and individuals from being injured by on site vehicles and traffic.
A workplace traffic management plan is an important part of every construction site and workplace. Perth based companies such as Highways Traffic have many years experience in delivering high quality traffic management plans.
A carefully considered workplace traffic management plan in Perth will ensure that all on site individuals have suitable training, qualifications or licenses to operate any machinery, vehicles or plant that they are using, as an example : a management plan will ensure any engaged drivers are checked for licenses, qualifications and work ability when when hiring drivers, operators or contractors, or when they are train.
It’s common for accidents to occur when untrained or unqualified people drive heavy construction vehicles. All access to these vehicles must be considered and managed in any traffic management plan, ensuring others have a responsibility to check. All businesses or individuals running a site must ensure that all individuals on site can demonstrate a clear knowledge of the onsite traffic rules and safety policies and procedures on the site or in the workplace. All workplace visitors must also be made aware of on site traffic safety and, wherever required the full traffic management procedures. Drivers that visit the site must be aware of any restrictions of the vehicle size or type and must understand any on site limitations and boundaries prior to starting work.
If you run a business in Perth or Western Australia we recommend a comprehensive highways traffic management plan that minimises any safety risk to workers or the general public.