Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Jun 06, 2018
Spotting for equipment is a very important job. OSHA usually requires a spotter in most scenarios. A spotter is simply trained to look and help direct the equipment around. It sometimes can be overlooked because it seems easy and not very important, when in fact it is extremely necessary and important. Spotting has become very effective to preventing incidents in the past ten years.
Because of the perception of "the spotter" being an "easy" job, the person on the job normally doesn't get the proper training one needs to do the job effectively and safely. It is very important that all of your workers are trained to know how signals and how to handing spotting on the job site, so that everyone knows what is going on and can work together to be safe and do the job correctly. Not only does the spotter have to watch for the driver and themselves - they also have to look out for others and other equipment.
WHY WE NEED SPOTTERS IN THIS INDUSTRY
It is necessary to have a spotter when the person driving the equipment does not have a clear view and will need assistance being directed. Also, to help prevent anyone or anything from being hurt or damaged. You should also be using a spotter if you are in a congested area or somewhere were there are many people around.
KEEPING THE SPOTTERS SAFE
-It is important that the spotters are all on the same page when it comes to hand signals. To brush up on your hand signal signs, view our #YHSafetyTips blogpost.
-If you can touch the machinery then you are too close to it.
-You need to be aware of the "danger zones." That is the area around the equipment you are spotting where the person driving does not have full view while operator the vehicle.
-You must ten about 10 feet away from all sides of the equipment.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE SPOTTING
-Stay alert at all times. NO matter what.
-Do not get distracted by anything. Your main focus is strictly spotting.
-Keep away from all sides of equipment as previously stated.
-Do not get on the equipment. Again, you are only to be spotting.
-Watch out for any shifting of the equipment or unstable loads.
-Again, you should be wearing a safety vest at all times.
-Your job is to keep the driver and other workers safe.
-Always stand on the driver's side