Your risk assessment may show that relying purely on these risk reduction strategies cannot completely prevent the unexpected appearance of pedestrians. There may be areas where the public cannot be excluded effectively during servicing vehicle operations, and may be expected to be present. |
Your risk assessment may also show that using reversing aids (mirrors, beacons, reversing alarms, CCTV etc) alone is insufficient to adequately control the risks during reversing at some sites.
The actions of members of the public can be unpredictable, and they are often not aware of the dangers when they are in the proximity of moving working vehicles. Examples may include children being unable to understand those dangers, and people being unaware of the risks (eg through being visually or aurally impaired) or unable to react to them (eg if they are infirm). In these cases, a trained reversing assistant or a trained banksman (signaller) can reduce the risks when used in combination with other reversing aids.
Safety at ‘bring-sites’ in the waste management and recycling industry
A reversing assistant is defined as a trained employee who plays an active part in reversing manoeuvres by giving pre-arranged hand signals to drivers. Their role is to stop collisions by preventing the vehicle colliding with people and other road skip users. More information on the use of reversing assistants can be found in Waste and recycling vehicles in street collection (Waste04).6
A trained banksman (signaller) can be used both to keep the reversing area free from pedestrians and to guide drivers, particularly where lifting operations are also involved.
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