PRODUCTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION/TRAFFIC SAFETY INDUSTRY
Checkers manufactures the world’s most extensive and versatile line of safety equipment for traffic safety and transportation applications, including cable ramps, wheel chocks, speed bumps and humps, parking stops, barricade lights and more. These products comply with industry safety requirements and they ensure a safe working environment in areas where a high volume of vehicle traffic is present. Our products are engineered in collaboration with transportation safety managers to work with a wide range of equipment and vehicles. All Checkers products and traffic safety equipment are built from high-quality lightweight materials that allow for easy setup, disassembly, transport, and storage.
The transportation industry is responsible for moving cargo and people across the country and world each day. The industry covers all modes of transportation including road, rail, ship transport, and aviation.
Transportation is a vital part of the world’s economy and the lifeline of the supply chain. This industry grossed $561.20 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019 . Every industry has safety issues and the transportation industry is not immune. Keeping transportation workers safe with the proper training and equipment will keep the supply chain thriving and help keep the overall community safe.
Commercial Vehicle Safety Equipment
All modes of transportation involve movement. The best safety equipment will provide solutions for any motion-related activity to ensure vehicular and pedestrian safety. Commercial vehicles in particular have the added difficulty of navigating among non-commercial vehicles and pedestrians on a daily basis. By using the right equipment, transportation companies can reduce the risks and respond to emergency situations appropriately when they arise.
Common safety equipment for commercial vehicles include:
- Ground protection: These mats protect the ground while providing stability and traction for both people and vehicles. The heavy-duty mats are capable of supporting cranes and other heavy equipment on uneven/unstable ground.
- Motion safety: There is a wide variety of products that fall into this category. Some common products include wheel chocks, warning whips, barricade lights, industrial beacons, strobes, parking lot safety solutions, vehicle identification signs, and composite cribbing. Wheel chocks in particular are used in aviation and ground transportation vehicles to prevent wheels from unintentional movement. Whips and signals ensuring visibility on smaller vehicles or other structures on worksites.
- Cable/hose protection: Protecting cables and hoses will save money in the long run and protect pedestrians and vehicles from being exposed to the cables. There are many types of protectors available, so there is a solution for every type of cable and application.
Heavy Equipment Safety Tips
The leading causes of construction industry injuries and deaths are falls, object collisions, electrocution, and caught-in/between (caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material) .
OSHA refers to these risk hazards as the “Fatal Four.” According to OSHA, the "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half (59 percent) of the construction worker deaths in 2018. These accidents can happen even to the most experienced equipment operators, so it’s good to review the safety tips operating heavy machinery on a regular basis.
- Training: All workers should be trained on the proper procedures to safely operate all pieces of equipment they will be working on.
- Inspect equipment: Perform daily inspections and an equipment walk-around at least once a day.
- Identify power lines and underground utilities: Take the time to check and mark powerlines and low clearance obstructions at a new job site. Make sure underground utilities are clearly marked and flagged.
- Take care when entering and exiting machinery: Fall hazards are the most common cause of injury in the workplace. Fall accidents can occur when an operator steps on and off equipment. Be sure to have 3 points of contact when mounting and dismounting and never jump off of machinery.
- Buckle up: It may seem unnecessary to wear a seatbelt in a slow-moving machine, however, it can keep you safe in the event of a rollover.
- Watch the blindspots: Dilengenty check and double-check to be 100 percent positive that there is not anything or anyone in your blind spots—never assume the coast is clear. Ensure other workers are wearing reflective safety vests on at all times while on the site and use warning whips on smaller vehicles to increase visibility.
- Communication: Use two-way radio or a spotter on the ground that is trained on the proper hand-signals when operating heavy machinery.
- Stay level: Only unload or load on level ground to decrease the risk of roll-overs and sliding.
- Be aware of load limits: Load limits vary dispensing on the machine. Be aware of each machine's limit before and during operation.
- Wear PPE: Gloves, safety glasses, sturdy boots, and hard hats should be worn at all times when operating heavy machinery.
- Follow lock-out/tag-out procedures: Make sure parking brakes are engaged and use wheel chocks when servicing or performing maintenance on equipment.
- Cordon off the area: Use barriers to keep workers from accidentally getting in close proximity to operating equipment.
OSHA Vehicle Safety Checklist
Unfortunately, the roadway and worksites are not a closed environment. Preventing transportation-related accidents requires traffic safety principles and sound safety management practices.
According to OSHA, someone dies in a motor vehicle crash every 12 minutes and every 10 seconds an injury occurs, and every five seconds a crash occurs . Implementing a vehicle safety checklist can reduce the risks and protect your company's bottom line.
A vehicle checklist can help employees determine the safety of the vehicles or machinery they operate. All drivers/operators should inspect their vehicles at the beginning of each shift. The purpose of an inspection is to ensure that they are in safe operating condition and free of apparent damage, and all defects must be corrected before the vehicle is placed in service.
Some standard items that should be on the vehicle checklist include:
- Proper registration and proof of insurance in the vehicle
- Working headlights, taillights, and brake lights
- Working horn
- Functional brake systems
- Intact windshield and powered windshield wipers.
- Tires with proper inflation and at least 1mm of tread
- Exhaust system with no leaks, noise, or smoke
- Working rearview mirror and side mirrors
- Doors and windows that open and close freely
- Fuel tank free from leaks with a gas cap
- Seat belts in working order
- All fluids filled to the correct level
- Stocked with emergency and safety equipment such as traffic cones, fire extinguisher, first aid kit
Heavy equipment and construction vehicles require these additional inspections:
- A back-up alarm that is audible from 200 feet away
- Roll-over protection structures
- Unimpaired vision from Installed equipment and accessories to the front or sides of the vehicle
- Visible or audible warning when the elevating mechanism is activated (dump trucks)
- Properly secured loads
- Safety chains on compression hose fittings are in place and in working order (on pile drivers)
Keeping your transportation fleet safe takes some planning. With a little help from durable, safety equipment, you can rest assured that your workers and the surrounding community are safe and productive.
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