Importance of a Good Construction Site Traffic Plan

A truck driver was recently run over when delivering goods in Perth. The driver was pinned to the back of his truck, presumably as he was offloading goods by another driver. The drivers legs were crushed but the driver of the car remain uninjured.

Although this incident involved a man delivering groceries, it paints a very sordid picture especially for truck drivers delivering goods and materials to construction sites and road construction zones who may find themselves in a similar situation at some time or the other.

Read what happened according to an article on SafetyCulture.com.au:

A truck driver, delivering groceries, had his legs crushed when a car pinned him to the rear of his truck in a collision.

 

At the time of the incident the 31-year-old driver was standing at the back of his truck when he was hit at about 7.15 pm yesterday. He received serious injuries to his legs and was transported to the Royal Perth Hospital.

 

The driver of the car, a 51-year-old woman was unharmed in the accident.

 

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/truck-driver-injured-while-delivering-groceries/

Something this article makes clear is the need for proper procedures when loading and offloading vehicles, as well as the importance of a good site traffic management plan.

Before developing this construction traffic plan employers should identify all the hazards associated with vehicles and pedestrian movement on the site and thereafter assess each of these hazards one by one. Once the risks have been assessed, employers should attempt to eliminate or substitute the hazard by completely removing it from the equation, if this is not practicable, employers must implement ways of minimising the risks associated. Elimination in this case would mean removing the use of vehicles from the site altogether.

Elimination isn’t always possible and so the risks need to be minimised, this can be done by carefully planning and controlling vehicle operations and pedestrian movements on the site. Minimising the risks involved managing traffic on site. This can be done by keeping pedestrians and vehicles separated on site and at entry and exit points. It also involved minimising all vehicle movements as much as possible and combating reversing hazards by designing the site in a way that reversing is kept to a minimum.  It also entails ensuring that vehicles and pedestrians are visible at all times and traffic signs are also visible.

The most important consideration is probably the development of a traffic management plan. A good traffic management plan will

  • Keep traffic routes for pedestrians and vehicles separated
  • Use barriers to keep pedestrians and traffic apart
  • Provide separate clearly marked pedestrian walkways that take a direct route where possible
  • Provide signage at crossing points and ensure these are properly lit.
  • When exiting the site, make sure drivers driving out onto public roads can see both ways along the footway before they move on to it
  • Ensure that pedestrian walkways aren’t obstructed by anything for example materials, tools etc. so that pedestrians have to step onto the vehicle route.

Ultimately it is best to limit vehicle traffic on construction sites altogether. This can be done by providing vehicle parking for workers and visitors away from the work area and controlling entry to the work area. Site planners should also plan storage areas so that delivery vehicles do not have to drive across the entire site to access them.