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|Publicado: Sab Jul 15, 2017 9:42 am Asunto: Backover Prevention
|Backovers in the workplace are preventable and should be at the forefront of an employee's thoughts. Backovers are the result of a vehicle striking a worker walking,Steel Toe Shoes, standing or kneeling behind the vehicle. They should never occur. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports over 70 workers died from backover accidents in 2011. These types of accidents may occur for several reasons:
Worker may be in the driver's blind spot.
Due to workplace noise or ear protection,Athletic Safety Shoes, workers may not hear vehicle's backup alarms.
Backup alarm may be malfunctioning.
Driver may be distracted or not paying attention.
Employees riding on vehicle may fall and be backed over.
There may not be a spotter for the vehicle.
Any combination of the above.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gives the following examples of actual incidents: ( )
June 18,6 Inch Work Boots, 2009 - employee was working inside a work zone wearing his reflective safety vest. A dump truck operating in the work zone backed up and struck the employee with the rear passenger side wheels. The employee was killed. The dump truck had an audible back up alarm and operating lights. (OSHA Inspection Number 313225377)
June 9, 2010 -employee was standing on the ground in front of a loading dock facing into the building while a tractor trailer was backing into the same dock. The trailer crushed the employee between the trailer and the dock. (OSHA Inspection Number 314460940)
Backover Prevention Tips
Functioning backup alarms.
Use of a spotter.
In-dash vehicle display with backup cameras.
Communicating tag systems to notify drivers when an employee wearing a tag is near vehicle.
Keeping pedestrian traffic away from vehicle traffic flow.
Training is a top way in preventing backover accidents. Many employees don't realize where a driver's blind spot is or how many blind spots they have.
Backovers need never occur. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Educate all employees on the dangers of backovers. Provide training and update often.