Mobile Communication Devices (Cell Phones, Radio, PDA’s etc…) are vital for communication. It is important to understand and minimize the hazards of their usage while driving. The primary hazards associated with their use while driving, are distraction of the driver and reduction in the reaction time of the driver
Drivers shall attempt to safely pull over to a safe location prior to answering the phone, and answer the phone or retrieve messages when the vehicle is safely parked. Please keep in mind that it is illegal to park on the shoulder of a road in most jurisdictions. Due to the normal reaction to answer the phone when it rings it is strongly suggested that you turn your cell phone off while driving.
Methods to minimize cell phone distractions while you are driving:
- Allowing the passenger in the vehicle to answer the phone
- Coming to a complete stop in a safe manner and park the vehicle to answer or retrieve messages.
Every driver has a different comfort level and relatively different driving style, and environmental conditions warrant different considerations. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that the proper conditions exist for the use of a cell phone.
Utilizing a cell phone while driving except in an emergency situation is subject to disciplinary action for Pipeworx Ltd.
Mobile Communication Device users should also note that their device may not be serviced by the project site they are proceeding to, and should check with the customer, or project manager to determine the appropriate tools for communication, especially in the case of an emergency.
Many project sites, particularly at Gas Plants, do not allow cell phones in high-risk areas due to the potential of fire. Before using a mobile communication device on a site, ensure that its use is permitted
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