One of the challenges with many motor trade premises is space. Yards and parking areas can become insufficient as the business grows or may be shared with other tenants over whom you have no control.
In a busy yard where there’s frequent movement of vehicles amid employees, customers or other visitors, there’s clearly a ‘foreseeable’ risk of a collision and the likelihood is increased significantly if the area is heavily congested or large commercial vehicles are present.
Likelihood and consequence
Risk is a combination of two things – likelihood and consequence. The potential consequences of someone being struck by a moving vehicle are obviously very severe and if indicators are that likelihood is moderate or high, then you must take immediate action.
Below are some indicators to look out for and some potential solutions to consider...
Indicators of an increased likelihood of collisions
Solutions to consider
|Poor visibility particularly in twilight hours|| |
|Drivers having difficulty spotting workshop staff and other pedestrians moving around the yard|| |
|Customers cruising the yard trying to find where to park or looking for a space|| |
Vehicles parked haphazardly/disorderly
A ‘free-for-all’ situation in the yard with no enforcement of site safety rules
Drivers constantly moving vehicles to make way for others or new incoming sales stock
Vehicles entering the site at speed
|Employees having to walking directly across vehicle movement areas to the staff car park|| |
Multiple reversing manoeuvres
|Lack of care observed when staff are moving vehicles short distances around the site|| |
Lots to consider
The precautions you choose will depend on the size and nature of your site, and the volume of vehicle movements that take place. At the end of the day, your legal obligation is to do all that is ‘reasonably practicable’.
As well as consulting with the workforce over any planned changes, there may be a need for training to communicate new site rules to staff – which may be achieved via formal sessions, toolbox talks, team meetings or a house note.
Above all else, monitoring and enforcement of the rules is essential with violations being ‘called out’ and escalated through disciplinary routes if necessary.
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I am a Director of Sutton Winson Consultancy Services Ltd, which delivers a range of risk management solutions. I joined Sutton Winson in January 2000 and have derived a great deal of satisfaction from helping our clients achieve significantly preferable insurance terms, and other financial benefits, by embracing proactive risk management.
I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), a member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager and hold the FCII (Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute).