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Offsite Safety – School’s Out for Summer

- May 20, 2016 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Your offsite employees will be facing an additional hazard for the next few months–-school aged children on summer break.  On top of an increase in day time vehicle and pedestrian traffic,  your employees may have curious children interfering with their job tasks or disrupting worksites.

In this installment of “Off Site Safety,” I’ll be discussing three training tips to help keep your off site employees  safer. 

  1. Ask for the children to be kept away from the work area. In my past blog about avoiding dog bites, we discussed asking homeowners to keep dogs away from the work area.  The same is true for children.   For the safety of your employees and the child, children need to be kept away from the work area.
  2. Inspect for vandalism. Children are curious and many find construction sites and equipment very intriguing.  Hopefully you already have a process for removing tools and equipment from worksites at the end of the day, but what about lunch time?  It only takes a few minutes for a child or teen to cause havoc on your equipment or worksite.  This vandalism can lead to an injury. If your site is left unattended for any amount of time, employees should inspect equipment and grounds for hazards when returning.
  3. Drive defensively! New teenage drivers hitting the road for a summer, moms running kids to and from activities, and children bicycling and running in the streets make for a very unpredictable driving experience.  If your employees drive into residential neighborhoods, it’s very important to remind them to be extra vigilant. If you would like more information on defensive driving, please check out Nicole Eisenrich’s blog, or log onto the RMRx safety advisor.

With a little extra caution, you employees can have a safe summer and enjoy all the fun that the warmer weather brings.