Risk assessments are vital when it comes to ensuring the wellbeing of any workforce and, where moving vehicles are involved, Workplace Transport Safety is a major consideration.
According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are over 5000 accidents involving transport in the workplace each year. About 50 of these result in people being killed (www.hse.gov.uk/statistics).
In private car parks, the main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being struck or crushed by them.
However, the last two can be avoided by putting Armco barriers in place which will create segregated areas to protect pedestrians from harm. In addition, when budget is a main consideration, as it so often is, many users find that Armco Barrier prices are lower than they originally thought.
The main purpose of Armco barrier installation is to keep pedestrians and parked cars away from moving vehicles.
When it comes to private car parking safety, Armco Direct supply a range of safety barriers and bollards which can help to offer the protection and reassurance needed.
Always carry out a risk assessment
To decide exactly how much Armco barrier protection you need, a proper risk assessment should first be carried out which, according to the HSE, should include the following questions:
- How many vehicles are there?
- Where do they go?
- What do the drivers do?
- What type of vehicles are they?
- How do we control parking?
- How will we segregate pedestrians from traffic?
- How can we minimise the need for manoeuvring and reversing?
- How will we enforce safe parking?
It also advises that there should be specific, safe and suitable parking areas for all vehicles that are using a workplace. Parking areas should be clearly signposted, well lit, safe underfoot and as close as possible to where the people using them need to go.
Every site is different and may present different hazards which a risk assessment should always bring to light. However, a site should always be well maintained and when considering workplace transport safety, a lot of attention should be paid to segregation – the act of effectively keeping people and vehicles apart.
Pedestrian and vehicle exclusion areas can be defined by using equipment such as solid and sturdy Armco barriers. Also, visibility should be good enough for drivers to see hazards, and pedestrians to see vehicles, while reducing vehicle speed is an important part of workplace transport safety too.
Benefits of Armco barriers
At Armco Direct we have been at the forefront of the corrugated steel and ancillary product industry for over a decade and in that time have developed vast expertise in Armco barrier protection.
We have excellent lead times because we have most of our products in stock. Our steel products are 100% recyclable, while all products adhere to industry standards and galvanised to offer added protection and longevity.
If you are an expert at Armco barrier installation, get in touch with us about the range of products we have in stock for you, which come at some of the most competitive prices in the UK.
To find out more information, contact us today.