In October 2017 an employee was killed when the operator of a dump truck failed to see him in front of his vehicle while driving. WorkSafeNB reminds operators, contractors, employers and employees of the hazards created by blind spots in heavy equipment.
One of the leading causes of worker injuries and deaths on highways and in construction zones is being struck by heavy equipment, primarily dump trucks. Many people think that the greater risk is a driver who breaches barricades and strikes construction workers but, the reality is that most workers are actually struck by construction vehicles.
Blind spots can limit the field of vision available to an operator. These blind spots are the areas around the vehicle that cannot be seen by either direct line-of-sight or indirectly by using mirrors.
And remember - if you can’t see the operator, they can’t see you!