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Bill, Thank you for sharing your experience. It highlights two well-known hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities: driving and confined space entry. This trigged an opportunity for additional sharing of best practices from my experience working in the oil and gas industry.
The oil and gas industry through the IOGP, its industry association, has developed a set of lifesaving rules to protect workers from injury and save lives. More details can be found by clicking on this link. These rules while developed for the oil and gas industry equally relate in my view to hazards that found on civil engineering job sites. These rules are quite simple to follow and can be so impactful in protecting lives and ensuing everyone goes home to their loved ones at the end of their shift. '
The rules include: 1) Bypassing safety controls, 2) Confined space, 3) Driving, 4) Energy isolation, 5) Hot work, 6) Line of fire, 7) Safe mechanical lifting, 8) work authorization, and 9) Working at height.