Health Tip: Prevent Backover Accidents on the Job

By on January 25, 2018

Many workplace vehicles have backup alarms, but the alarms don’t prevent backover accidents altogether.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggests how to help prevent backover accidents:

  • Ensure that trained spotters use hand signals to alert drivers about when it’s safe to proceed.
  • Drivers should remain in visual contact with spotters while backing up, and should stop immediately if they lose visual contact.
  • Spotters should not be given additional duties, and they should avoid using distracting items such as cellphones or headphones.
  • Spotters should wear high-visibility clothing, especially when working at night.

Source: HealthDay

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