Why Traffic Accidents Are Around The Corner From Today
By Donald Markham
Whether it’s vehicles crashing into people or people crashing vehicles, destruction of property and bodily harm soon follows.
And there’s nothing to be done afterwards that can come close to justifying severe workplace injuries and foreseeable downtime, which, according to the National Safety Council and Sensye, cost a respective $163.9 billion and $172 million a year.
But while particular circumstances involved in traffic accidents vary on a case-by-case basis, the underlying causes are all too familiar: well-known mishaps that send caution to the wind time and again.
This is how, in many cases, workers are left fighting for their lives, families are forced to shoulder the grief, and workplaces are held liable for any negligence that may have occurred on their part.
It’s hard also not to imagine the incurred expense of regulatory penalties, management scrutiny, as well as diminished corporate reputation and employee morale that can be suffered.
All because of one or more of the following drivers of damage that could be threatening busy work zones like your own!
WELL-KNOWN DRIVERS OF SEVERE WORKPLACE DAMAGE
1. UNSAFE PRACTICES
In theory, everyone likes to think they follow traffic safety protocols to the letter, but every now and then, even the smallest oversight can lead to impact damage and collisions. That’s why regulators, like OSHA, can’t stress enough all the steps that should be taken to prevent traffic accidents in busy work zones, including but not limited to comprehensive traffic controls; training and understanding of proper routes; effective lighting and high-visibility clothing; as well as work zone protections that serve to limit any unauthorized actions, which could otherwise be transgressed.
2. UNPROTECTED BOUNDARIES
Failure to protect equipment, property and personnel, using physical markers and barriers, leaves them exposed to worst case scenarios, particularly when pedestrian and vehicle traffic is bent on doing everything it takes to keep up with production. So, to mitigate any potential damage from traffic accidents, onsite premises should always be surrounded by safety and collision hardware made to absorb impacts, helping you steer clear of serious injuries and downtime, occasioned from the need to repair or replace equipment property deemed critical to facility operations.
3. DAMAGE-PRONE HARDWARE
If it’s a good practice to employ traffic markers and barriers to curtail collision impacts in busy work zones, it’s an even better practice to rely on equipment hardware that doesn’t damage in the first place when struck by moving objects. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with rolling steel and sectional doors that weren’t made to take a hit, requiring serious maintenance in case of emergency, without any guarantees the same thing won’t end up happening again, which only leads to exorbitant service costs, and quite a bit of downtime to show for it, for something you no longer have to put up with.