Identify your Vehicle’s Blind Spot to Prevent Backovers

A “Backover” is defined as an accident where a vehicle that is backing up strikes a worker who is positioned somewhere behind it. 2011 saw some 70 fatalities because of backovers.

Different vehicles have different blind spots. Some have large blind spots, some smaller, some have only a few and some a lot more. Knowing where your drivers’ blind spots are is important, both to the driver as well as the workers behind the vehicles.

Fortunately, OSHA has a great place for you to go to identify your vehicle(s) and see a diagram that shows where these blind spots are.

Let’s say, for example, that you have several Sterling Acterra 7500 trucks in your fleet. You just click on the image to go to a page that has downloaded diagrams in several different sizes and from different elevations. With over 40 vehicles identified, you should be able to properly train your employees on the blind spots of your entire fleet.

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