I’m sure everyone here is aware of the dangers of blind backing. Not only is there the possibility of injuring someone, but of causing property damage. Today we’re going to review safety measures necessary to avoid such accidents.
Key Points to Remember when Acting as a Spotter:
- The spotter will maintain eye contact at all times, if eye contact is broken, all movement will be stopped.
- Remember that things can change very fast… pay attention to your surroundings.
- Ensure that the area is clear of non-essential personnel or obstructions before signaling for movement.
- If possible stay on the driver’s side of vehicle or where the driver wants you to be.
- Always be seen!
- Agree with the driver on hand signals.
- Watch for other vehicles or workers.
- Stop traffic and operation if necessary.
- All spotters must wear Hi- Vis gauntlets/a fluorescent vest.
- All Spotters must have spotter training.
If the operation is hard to handle by one person…. Get some help!! “Don’t back up unless you have a spotter directing your movement.”
At night, don’t blind the driver by shining your flashlight in the rearview mirror. And, day or night, when you walk backwards, be careful not to trip. Togetherness was never so important as when it comes to spotters and drivers of heavy equipment. Working as a team, they not only protect property but the lives of their fellow workers as well.
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