Due to high level of accident rates at the work sites, we encourage everyone to apply the site safety measures in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is one of the countries with high number of conversion of work site accidents to the mortality. We are giving the list of safety measures which you need to adopt to reduce the risk of accidents. These security measures are not only for one company, they are for each and every manufacturing company. Life of every human being is and should be important for us. As we say in our company "Safety First"!!!!!
- Operators must be rested, alert and not impaired by drugs and alcohol. The implementation of a zero tolerance policy to eliminate alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace must be in place.
- Site Management must ensure that all equipment operators, employees and contractors are qualified and competent:
- All equipment operators must have a valid driver’s license
- Operators and drivers must be rested. A maximum of 12 hours shift with at least 12 hours of absence between shifts is necessary.
- All sites must implement a mobile equipment training program. The program should include: pre-operation inspection requirements, vehicle operation, policies, defensive driving, how to get in and out of the vehicle safely, emergency procedures, etc.
- An evaluation (including field observation) of each mobile equipment operator must be conducted at the time of initial and refresher training.
- Individuals must only operate mobile equipment for which they have been specifically trained and qualified to operate.
- Drivers of ME must have an annual assessment of medical fitness and passed fit as per the requirements of the Health Assessment standard operating procedures.
- The mobile equipment manufacturer can be used to train the operators of heavy equipment (or train the trainer). Third party training where the operative can receive a recognizable qualification is desirable.
- Unsafe mobile equipment shall be removed from service and be repaired. If it is beyond repair then it should be removed from the site. The determination to remove a vehicle from service or from the site should be made according to the risk level resulting from the damaged equipment or safety feature. For example, a vehicle needs to be removed from service and repaired for deficient brakes or for a broken mirror.
- Overloading of mobile equipment on a site is prohibited.
- Operators must remain inside the cab, with seat belt fastened, in operating areas. When an operator dismounts mobile equipment, they become a pedestrian. Persons outside the cab are exposed to hazards including other mobile equipment, stockpile sloughing, material falling from loader buckets, etc.
- Equipment operators must never jump on or off mobile equipment that is moving or out-of-control.
- Daily operational safety inspection or walk around mobile equipment must be completed prior to operating the mobile equipment and must be documented. A check list should be used as a tool to determine what to look for and what features to test.
- Any safety related maintenance issue must be immediately repaired or the mobile equipment must be stopped if it is deemed to be unsafe. If it is removed from service, it must be tagged properly, parked, chocked and with keys removed.
- Operators are authorized to stop the operation of mobile equipment that is deemed to be unsafe.
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