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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.
SPOTTERS -AN IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT
The first requirement for safe backing is to have a spotter, someone to
direct the driver. A spotter is necessary when the driver or operator does not
have a full view of the backing path.
This holds true for any vehicle or piece of equipment, whether it's a batch
truck backing up to a paver, a mixer truck backing into a hopper or hoist
bucket, or a materials truck making a delivery. This is the important rule for
drivers and operators: "Don't back up unless you have a spotter directing
your movement." It's an easy rule to remember. The important thing is to
THE SPOTTER'S RESPONSIBILITIES
Let's talk about the
spotter. This person has to watch out for others as well as for himself, and
make sure the vehicle doesn't damage property. This may appear easy. It seems
that all the spotter has to do is to direct a vehicle to back up when the path
is clear of persons and objects. But there are dangers involved.
Sometimes when you're a spotter, you may have to pass behind a vehicle.
If so, stop the vehicle first. As you're passing behind it, extend your hand at
arm's length and place it against the back of the vehicle. Then if the vehicle
starts to move because the driver's foot slips off the brake or clutch pedal,
you'll be able to feel the movement and get out of the way.
When directing the driver, stand at the rear but well to the driver's
side of the vehicle. This gives you an unobstructed view of the entire backing
path. And the driver can see you clearly. It's important that the driver
understands your signals. So get together with the driver before any backing and
explain the signals you will use. In this way you can be reasonably sure there
will be no misunderstanding. Always be sure to use the same signals for the same
moves. Hand signals are much better than vocal signals. Because of noise, a
shouted signal may not be heard or may be misunderstood.
BE SURE YOU'RE SEEN
Always be sure that you
can be seen. In addition to standing well to the driver's side of the vehicle,
wear a fluorescent vest. 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.
SPOTTERS AND DRIVERS WORK TOGETHER
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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