Millions of workers drive or ride in a motor vehicle as part of their jobs. And, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading cause of work-related deaths in Australia and New Zealand. The type of company or job doesn’t matter — the risk is there.

Warning sign on mineEvery year in industry, people are killed or injured because of being struck by moving plant. Accidents occur throughout industry, from ground works to finishing works. Managers, workers, site visitors and the public can all be at risk if vehicle activities are not properly managed and controlled.

Most transport accidents result from the inadequate segregation of pedestrians and vehicles. This can usually be avoided by careful planning, particularly at the design stage, and by controlling vehicle operations during work. Inadequate planning and control is the root cause of many construction vehicle accidents which often involve:

  • vehicles or their loads striking people, particularly when reversing;
  • vehicles striking services and obstructions;
  • manufacturers’ instructions for safe use being disregarded;
  • inadequate training of drivers and signallers; and
  • unsafe loading and transportation of materials on vehicles.

Risk assessment is an essential part of effective health and safety management and involves five stages:

  • identify the hazards;
  • decide who might be harmed and how;
  • evaluate the risks and decide on precautions;
  • record the findings and implement them; and
  • review the risk assessment and update if necessary.

GHS Health and Safety Consultants can help your business develop your motor vehicle policy and assess implementation in your business which will, minimise risks in the workplace, eliminate lost-time incidents, thereby contributing to business process improvements, productivity and safety culture in workplace incidents to help your business reduce your incidence rate.