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Employers must be aware of transport risks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction companies they must be aware of the risks vehicles can pose to pedestrians on building sites, underlining the importance of careful management.

Supplying clearly marked, bright outdoor clothing is one way of ensuring workers avoid accidental collisions, but it is also vital to have the correct processes in place.

Speaking after a Cambridgeshire worker broke his foot in an incident with a dumper truck, HSE inspector Martin Waring argued employers need to take steps aimed at reducing risk for their workers.

"Many construction transport incidents are usually the result of inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles," he added.

Inadequate control of trucks and lorries is also something companies should look to address, concluded the inspector.

The HSE advises that companies put traffic management systems in place which avoid the need to reverse cumbersome vehicles as much as possible.

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