Northern California Engineering Contractors Association

From the Desk of Jim Persons – Spotter Safety at Work

Spotter Safety at Work
While spotting for heavy equipment operators may not seem like a dangerous task, it certainly is.
Every year back over incidents between equipment and spotters result in fatalities. OSHA states that dump trucks followed by semi-trucks and ordinary pickups are responsible for the majority of back over incidents in the past 10 years on the job.
Spotting for equipment has been proven to be an effective safeguard for preventing incidents between pedestrians and the equipment as well as preventing property loss incidents, but safe work practices need to be established to protect spotters as well.
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