Safety Tip of the Week – Blind Spots in Mobile Equipment

A blind spot is the area around a vehicle or piece of construction equipment that is not visible to the operators, either by direct line-of-sight or indirectly by use of internal or external mirrors.

Pre-job Risk Assessment – Consider These Points:

  • Consider the suitability of providing back-up alarms on all mobile equipment.
  • Whenever possible, plan the project to allow for drive-through operations that will limit the need for vehicles to back-up.
  • Reduce foot traffic in areas where mobile equipment is to be working.
  • Establish designated travel areas, ideally with
    barricades or other means to set apart from work locations.


  • High-Visibility Clothing;
  • Backup Alarms;
  • Protective Barriers;
  • Observer;
  • Communication; and
  • Awareness.
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