July 24, 2014

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July Health & Safety Tips

Backing Safely

The most effective way to avoid a backing incident is: DON’T BACK UP! Plan your exit when you arrive to avoid future backing. Pull-through or park on the curb when possible. Only back up when you have no other choice.

Nationally backing accidents are very common, but usually avoidable when using a spotter. Often in these situations either the driver did not know someone was behind the vehicle, or the driver lost sight of the spotter. Here are a few highlights on how to safely work with a spotter as the driver of a vehicle and to safely be a spotter for a driver:

  • Hold daily safety discussions with all involved employees to outline and review the procedures and safety items required for the tasks assigned.
  • Ensure that spotters and drivers agree on hand signals before backing up.
  • Minimize, to the extent possible, work that must be done by workers on foot near moving vehicles and equipment.
  • Define blind spots and prohibit employees on foot from entering these areas.
  • All vehicle and equipment operators/drivers, upon entering the work area, should look for an available person to spot for them. If a spotter is not readily available, they should try to find someone to spot for them.
  • Spotters should be designated and advised to look at the side mirrors of the backing vehicle or equipment. If they cannot see the driver in one of the side mirrors, they are in a blind spot.
  • spotterThe equipment or vehicle operator/driver and spotter shall maintain continuous visual and verbal contact.
  • If the vehicle or equipment operator/driver loses sight of or communication with the spotter, they SHALL STOP IMMEDIATELY!
  • Operators and drivers shall always obey the signal of the spotter and never back up or move in congested areas without the spotter indicating the path is clear.
  • Vehicles and equipment operators/drivers shall have the windows rolled down.
  • Neither the vehicle or equipment operator/driver, nor the spotter, shall be speaking on, texting with or otherwise operating or viewing a cell phone or other personal data device.
  • The spotter shall stand alone. If the spotter is in conversation with another person, the driver shall STOP.
  • The spotter shall be aware of the area’s hazards for the vehicle/equipment they are spotting, including but not limited to: overhead obstacles, items that could be in the line of impact (buildings, vehicles, trees, etc.), soft ground, ditches/trenches, slopes, etc.
  • Spotters must always be aware of the terrain/trip hazards, being careful not to lose their footing.
  • Employees on foot shall maintain a safe minimum distance between themselves and the moving vehicles and equipment.
  • The spotter shall always have an escape route.
  • The spotter shall be wearing MoDOT approved high visibility safety apparel and a hard hat in accordance with Safety Policies 1.0 and 1.6.
  • During nighttime spotting operations, in addition to the standard Class III reflective clothing, the spotter shall use a flashlight.

If you haven’t seen July’s Back to Basic’s Safety video on backing safety, check it out -

Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids

Coventry Health Care encourages members to receive vaccines to prevent disease. Vaccines can prevent both serious diseases and the more common ones, such as influenza, that can lead to complications. Members who get certain vaccines through network providers will have no cost share, meaning they will receive them without having to pay a copay, coinsurance or deductible. Click on the flier to see a table of recommended adult vaccines - Flier.
Is Your Work Area Secure from Theft?

Thefts in the workplace, like most thefts, are crimes of opportunity. Whether the items taken are relatively inexpensive or more valuable, stealing is stealing.

keyIf someone is thinking about stealing they generally will not go to the trouble to break open a locked drawer or overhead compartment in a workplace setting because they are more likely to be caught. Taking just a moment to ensure items and confidential/sensitive documents are locked up when you are away from your desk for a short or long period of time can go a long way in preventing theft.

In the event you discover items missing, please don’t delay reporting or decide the items aren’t valuable enough to bother reporting.

Thanks for your help to keep our workplace secure.

Central Office Happenings

deaf flierDiversity Education Event
Introduction to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language
July 31
9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Conference Room 100, Central Office

Participants will receive two hours of LMS Credit.

To register for this class go to the LMS student center and register with course code 24287 – LMS Student Center (employees only).

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