Editor’s Note: Safety Moment is a monthly feature on FingerLakes1.com written by Kyle Black, of Seneca Meadows.
Whenever possible at our facility, we aim to avoid backing any of our vehicles. It is much safer to go around and make a loop. It is also safer to back into a parking spot or pull through to a parking spot that allows for a forward exit. When we do require a backing maneuver, we get out and look (GOAL). Even with a backing camera, proximity detection systems and other technology that one might want to take for granted, there are blind spots that can be missed, or technology could be malfunctioning. There is no substitute for physically checking behind a vehicle. Be it a neighbor’s pet or a child on a bike, it only takes a few seconds to prevent what could be a serious or life threatening injury. It is an easy habit to take a quick walk around the vehicle.
Other tips for safe backing:
- Swivel head around and rock side to side in the driver’s seat to eliminate blind spots through rear windows of the vehicle.
- Check rear and side mirrors.
- Avoid distractions such as radios, mobile devices and attending to children.
- Refrain from blocking rear windows with groceries and other household items.
- Move slowly and choose extra care and caution.
Kyle Black is the District Manager at Seneca Meadows Landfill located in Seneca Falls, New York.