Tips for Better Management of Construction Traffic
Posted On January 15, 2021
Building sites can be constantly busy, with staff, supplies and equipment all in need of entry. Traffic control is an important factor in avoiding serious and fatal injuries for the employees. In this article, we look at good practice instances of building traffic management.
Building sites are among the workplaces where machines and humans really do need to operate together. But, although machinery and plant may assist workers in jobs such as excavation work and transporting goods, they also pose a risk. If a human is hit with a 10+ ton machinery on site, the outcome is not going to be a positive one. Last year, more than 30 employees were killed and almost 4,000 injured, either by a moving vehicle or by collision with moving equipment, as per HSE figures.
Though building is not the only place of work where traffic and workers have to work together. However, transport management can be more of a hassle in construction than in other fields.
The issue with building is that each site is unique, different project layout, different access routes different specifications, types of tasks, different machinery and equipment, different number of people… the list goes on. Not just that, but the same site requires different layout configurations at different stages of the projects.
Here are 3 top tips of good traffic control at work sites:
Keeping workers clear of the equipment and machinery
The key to stopping people from being hurt by the machinery and the traffic on your premises? Keep crowds and cars as far away as possible from each other. This is one of the main objectives of construction traffic management.
This may sound easier than it sounds but remember places on your location where people and plant are moving about, going to and from their workplaces.
No one expects to come into touch with the crane when they’re going to the cafeteria. Visitors may not even realize what vehicles you’ve got on your site. And traffic is more likely to interact with people while they are driving or moving on or off the area. So, the paths are high-risk areas, but also places where humans and machines don’t need to be together, so it’s easier to keep them apart.
While building site traffic is always inevitable, it should be minimized as much as possible. Do the employees’ cars need to be on site? Maybe not. Will it help to minimize the level of traffic accessing the site by designing the design and layout of the site so that the available space is near to the entrance? Eh, possibly.
Any car on site should have to run as little as possible. Reversing is typically where visibility problems and fatal incidents can occur in building, so using one-direction structures and preparing to turn circles to prevent reversing can be a perfect way to improve safety.
Visibility is very important
Remember all the challenges we addressed at the construction site? Men, earthworks, rough terrain, other equipment and plant, other buildings, streams, substances? We’ve got to see them. Good visibility is important for secure on-site traffic.