Traffic Management

Here’s a question for you.  What risk out of the whole range results in the most enforcement actions?  It applies at many if not most workplaces, it leads to a disproportionate number of serious accidents, and a lot of people have nothing in writing for it.

Yes, the traffic management.  And most particularly, that all-important separation of pedestrian traffic from any vehicles, including fork lift trucks.

If you receive and despatch goods at your workplace, you must assess your risks and put a traffic management plan in place.  You may still need to do so if you only have car traffic, should there be risks to pedestrians from this source.

It is useful to trace the journey taken by visiting goods vehicles, looking particularly at points where they will manoeuvre or reverse, at fuelling, at loading and unloading and speeds.  What is the driver doing whilst his vehicle is loaded?

Your traffic risks will be unique to your site and your operation.  Your traffic risk assessment will also reflect this.  Out of the assessment, you can develop a plan, which may include training and procedures or even structural changes, with signing, speed bumps, barriers and one way systems all for consideration.

One essential for a traffic risk assessment and management plan is a detailed and up to date site plan, which can be marked up as appropriate.

This approach to traffic management has become routine on construction sites, but has not yet been established at all fixed workplaces.  A few universally ignored speed limit signs won’t do the job, but it is a straightforward matter for management to resolve.