Many workplaces involve vehicles that help to get various tasks done at various times.
Vehicle movements in the workplace require careful management to control and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
It is important for employers to comply with key health and safety legislation that can, in reality, keep employees safe and alive in the workplace.
Every workplace should be organised so that pedestrians and vehicles can move without causing harm to anyone. Employers should train workers and ensure that:
- specific routes are marked out for vehicles and pedestrians
- where possible, the routes should be separate
- if vehicle routes and pedestrian routes are close to one another, physical barriers should be in place to prevent straying into each others areas
- drivers’ views must not be obstructed
- visiting drivers should know what their responsibility is and who is in charge of their activity on the site
- vehicle movements should be reduced or stopped during a shift change (this is a time when pedestrian traffic is increased)
- site workers and visiting employees should be able to communicate effectively, using agreed signals where verbal communication is not possible
- all visitors should be carefully managed whilst on site and have clear instructions on the site rules and also be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary
If you or a loved one have been struck by a vehicle during the course of your employment, whether that vehicle is being driven by an employee of a different company, or a work colleague, please speak to our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers to discuss the possibility of bringing a struck by a vehicle at work compensation claim on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.