Maintain Awareness When Operating Vehicles

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Travel

Maintaining situational awareness is a personal tool for actively caring about safety as well as protecting coworkers from hazards. The following are some tools for consideration to enhance situational awareness:

- Take a moment to consider the use of flags or indicators for hazards or equipment that may not be easily seen from inside a vehicle while operating it.
- Use a person as a spotter to give directions when maneuvering a vehicle in tight areas.
- Take the time to properly use human performance tools such as take two, STAR (Stop, Think, Act, Review), and self-check prior to moving a vehicle.
- Perform a vehicle walk-around to identify any potential hazards that may exist nearby.
- Avoid "tunnel vision" when performing a task; take in your surroundings.

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