CIF Safety Week 2020 – Plant and Pedestrian Safety

Every site is different and likely to present various hazards and risks. However, a well-designed and maintained site with proper segregation of vehicles and people will make workplace transport accidents less likely. The most effective way of ensuring pedestrians and vehicles move safely around a construction site is to provide separate pedestrian and vehicle traffic routes. Where possible, there should also be a one-way system as this will reduce the need for vehicles to reverse and will help pedestrians and drivers.

  • Kept clear and free of tripping hazards and segregated from vehicle routes.  
  • Where they must merge/cross over, crossing points should have a clear view, and be well posted, with directional/warning signage, always ensuring that pedestrians have the right of way.  
  • Walkways should be constructed from suitable materials, such as compacted fill, be evenly formed and provide a width of at least 1.2m. 


  • Segregated from pedestrian routes and designed to minimise reversing.  
  • Suitable for the vehicles that need to use them with appropriate speed limits.  
  • Designed to avoid steep gradients and sharp bends while taking into account the extra space required for loading and unloading areas. 


  • Maintained to the highest standards 
  • Properly used/operated by trained personnel e.g. CSCS Card holders, and fitted with appropriate audio/visual aids, or proximity devices where operator visibility is restricted (this should be based on risk assessment). 


  • Aware of the site rules, designated walkways, and pedestrian exclusion zones i.e. around cranes.  
  • Aware of people and plant interface zones & blind spots (examples below) for the particular machinery present on site.  
  • Site inductions, regular toolbox talks, and site notice boards play a crucial role in ensuring this information is made available. 


Block A, Marlinstown
Business Park, Mullingar,
Co.Westmeath, Ireland.
N91 W5NN

Pembr, 127 Baggot Street Lower, Baggotrath Dublin, D02 F634

Eyre Square,
H91 HY51

Office 4, Spencer House,
High Road, Letterkenny,
Co. Donegal,
Ireland. F92 PX8N

Republic of Work,
12 S Mall,
Centre, Cork,
T12 RD43

ORS has satellite offices in Newry and Maynooth.

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