Being a Good Spotter

Backing up seems to be a normal, frequent, and typical activity on any given construction site. After all, we do it everyday in our own personal vehicles with no issues or problems. However, this simple mundane activity has some of the worst statistics in damage and harm to workers and property. To avoid any harm from coming to people or property, follow these basic steps prior to starting any form of reversing with a machinery or vehicle (OSHA, 2019):

  • Ensure that spotters and drivers agree on hand signals before backing up.
  • Instruct spotters to always maintain visual contact with the driver while the vehicle is backing.
  • Instruct drivers to stop backing immediately if they lose sight of the spotter.
  • Not give spotters additional duties while they are acting as spotters.
  • Instruct spotters not to use personal mobile phones, personal headphones, or other items which could pose a distraction during spotting activities.
  • Provide spotters with high-visibility clothing, especially during night operations.

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