Safety Tip of the Week – Blind Spots in Mobile Equipment

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 and external mirrors.

Pre-job risk assessment – consider these points:

  • Consider the suitability of providing backup 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.

Be Alert…Expect the Unexpected!! 


Download flyer: STOTW_516_Blind Spots in Mobile Equipment.pdf (825.20 kb)

Download Spanish flyer: STOTW_516_Blind Spots in Mobile Equipment_esp.pdf (823.90 kb)

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