Safety Focus of the Week: Site Entry Protocol
Many of our projects involve authorized access to protect ourselves and/or the traveling public from hazards.
- Nobody should enter onto the railroad property without first meeting with the railroad flagger for a safety briefing.
- Let the flagger know what your task will be and where you will be working
- Hi-Rail equipment may need to be inspected by the flagger prior to entry onto the rail
- Our truckers should always have a pre-arranged arrival plan so that the truck can be queued up without fouling the tracks.
- Always indicate your departure to the flagger and whether you intend to return.
- Understand the traffic control plan.
- Coordinate with the flagger when you need to enter or exit the workzone.
- With temporary traffic signals, most systems have an indicator light on the back side (opposite the light).
- Always follow the flagger or UTO direction.
- Always follow the posted speed limit.
Electrical Substation Sites:
- Call ahead so the superintendent/foreman will watch for you
- Upon arrival seek out while staying in a safe location:
- The Superintendent/Foreman for a safety briefing.
- VELCO sites will have a VELCO Coordinator with a Tailboard
- Check out when you leave and indicate whether you intend to leave.
Other Types of Special Sites:
- Military Facilities
clients have special safety protocol that might include special orientation training, emergency contacts, project specific safety briefing forms, and special PPE requirements. These clients include utility companies, railroads, heavy industry, and military. It is incumbent on us to develop our work plans and personnel to follow, understand, and embrace the required programs.
Then, we have have other clients with no apparent specific requirements. Or do they? Let’s ask our clients. It is likely that the discussion will inspire good thoughts on how to address the many project specific job hazards so that our workers, the clients facilities and their employees, and the general public are all better protected.
Examples of Special Site Safety Protocol:
Railroad – Check with the railroad flagger for a safety briefing prior to entering onto the Railroad Property.