Safety: Proper Planning While on the Job

Posted: June 3, 2014 in Transportation and Logistics

bucket truck safety

Planning is an important part of helping to ensure safety while on the job with a bucket truck. On reaching a job site, operators need to take stock of the area and the situation, since no two jobs are ever exactly alike. Once a plan is in place, workers need to do their best to follow it while also remaining mindful of how things could change. Planning combined with alertness will help workers prevent emergency situations, and also help them to respond better to emergencies, should they occur.


Situations Always Differ

Planning and taking stock of a situation before the start of a job is important, since conditions vary from job to job. Factors like traffic flow and weather will be different on any given day. The equipment with which workers perform their jobs can vary, as well. Before starting a job, it’s important to work to become aware of potential hazards and work to minimize those hazards so they won’t cause problems.

Getting Set Up

To get set up to work, it’s a good idea to position the bucket truck on the job site to where it will not have to be moved again once work begins. That’s the ideal, though, and it might not work in reality. A truck should be moved if it would require a worker to extend himself too much to get the job done. If a worker overextends himself, he is at much greater risk for injury. When the truck is positioned, cones and signs need to be set out as needed to alert motorists to the job site and give workers sufficient space.

Contingency Planning

Contingency planning is vital in case an emergency situation arises. Employees are required, per OSHA regulations, to hold a briefing prior to starting a job. As part of the briefing, workers need to discuss the particular conditions at work for that job, including equipment workers will use, procedures they will follow, relevant safety measures, possible hazards, and steps they will take if an emergency occurs.

Emergency Equipment

Setting out emergency equipment is an important part of planning for a job. Workers also need to test the communications radio, to make sure it is functioning and can be used in the event of an emergency. A pair of rubber gloves should be laid out, too, in case one of the workers needs to make contact with the truck while it’s in close proximity to energized power lines and equipment during an emergency, such as operating the boom or using the radio.

Bucket Safety

While a worker maneuvers the bucket into position from inside, another worker must be stationed on the ground to observe. A person standing on the ground will see the work environment from a different perspective and angle than the person in the bucket and can potentially warn the bucket operator about hazards that aren’t as easy to spot from inside the bucket.

Proper planning is critical to job safety, but it’s also important to stay on top of changing conditions while on the job. It’s this combination of planning and awareness that will work together to make the job at hand as safe as possible for everyone involved.



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