Safety Focus of the Week: Vehicle Backing (revisited)
Backing incidents are the most common motor vehicle incident. Thankfully they are mostly minor with only property damage.
However, they can be deadly such as last week when Lawrence Kaminski, a traffic flagger, was killed by a utility truck making a reverse movement along Route 7 in Rutland. This incident reminds us all of the deadly hazards of working on construction sites and roadway workzones. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Kaminski’s family and this colleagues at Green Mountain Flagging.
Fortunately, backing incidents are avoidable if the driver takes appropriate precautions:
- Walk around vehicle prior to a reverse movement
- Use a spotter
- Open your windows
- Use your mirrors and look around
- Avoid reverse movements when possible
- Park facing outward
- Plan your path prior to the reverse movement