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Onsite traffic management campaign – pedestrian safety around vehicles and mobile plant

On-site traffic management (OSTM) is a significant safety issue across all types of industries. If OSTM risks are not properly managed, pedestrians may be seriously injured or killed.

What is the campaign about?

The campaign will focus on OSTM systems for high risk workplaces where mobile plant (e.g. forklifts, motor vehicles) operate near pedestrians.

Who can expect a visit?

Inspectors will visit workplaces across multiple industries throughout the state (i.e. construction, retail, depots distribution centres, manufacturing and the rural sectors).

When does the campaign start?

Inspectors will begin visiting workplaces in early 2020. They will talk with managers and workers in the workplace to determine whether traffic management controls are effective. Inspectors will also ask workers and others whether control measures are in place and if they are being effectively implemented, monitor and reviewed.

What will inspectors look at?

Inspectors will look at the effectiveness of systems and controls in place to eliminate or reduce the risk of vehicles colliding with pedestrians. Some examples of systems and controls that may be checked include:

  • separate pedestrian and vehicle routes, such as different entry and exit points for vehicles
  • dedicated and separate areas away from people for loading and unloading goods
  • wide traffic routes, so vehicles or plant do not enter pedestrian areas
  • barriers, fences or exclusion zones, isolating workers or pedestrians from vehicles and mobile plant
  • enforced speed limits and traffic signage (i.e. stop, give way, no entry, caution).

Other focus areas include:

  • inspectors checking if mobile plant operators have high-risk work licences
  • whether mobile plant is properly maintained.

What can my business do to prepare?

To prepare for a visit you can: