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Construction Site Road Surfaces - Gradients

Not only can the actual surface of a road contribute to an increased risk (or decreased risk if it is made better) of a vehicle on site losing control and causing an accident, so too can a gradient or slope. Driving styles will need to be adjusted in order to take account of the gradient, with a failure to do so potentially leading to an accident occurring.

When going down a gradient, extra effort and stopping distances are required to bring the vehicle to a halt. If the driver does not allow for this, they may collide with a person or object in front of them, with possible serious consequences. If the roadway is wet, muddy or icy the vehicle may struggle to come to a stop at all until it hits something.

A vehicle may find itself sideways on a slope; either deliberately driven like that or by accident, for instance if a vehicle is sliding on a slippery top surface. Driving sideways on a gradient is extremely dangerous as there is a high chance of the vehicle toppling over. This is likely to be increased even further if it is a vehicle carrying a load such as a forklift truck or digger, as this may further offset the vehicle's usual centre of gravity and cause it to topple over. Depending upon the severity and length of the slope, the vehicle may either come to rest on its side or roll over and over. Whilst the second outcome is more dangerous, either way can still cause severe injuries or death to a driver, passengers or anyone working nearby who cannot get out of the way in time and is struck or crushed by the out of control vehicle.

For more information on our construction health and safety courses such as the SMSTS, SSSTS and NEBOSH Construction Certificate please use the tabs at the top to view the various course outlines. Alternatively please contact us online or call 0115 984 9940.

Need an Accredited Course?

Along with designing bespoke health and safety training programmes, we also run the accredited NEBOSH, IOSH and ConstructionSkills (CSkills) health and safety courses as open courses at selected venues across the UK, as well as in-house for those companies who have a number of employees requiring the training, as it will be much more cost effective than sending them all onto a scheduled open course.

For more information please call 0115 984 9940 to discuss the options or send us an online contact form. Alternatively, use the "Courses" menu at the top of the page to view the courses and qualifications for the various awarding bodies.