Hazard: A source of danger
You’re driving a truck. On a narrow, one-way street, eastbound on a beautiful late summer morning. Your route calls for you to make a right turn into a very busy intersection. The traffic light is red. You stop, but you can legally make a right turn – if it is safe to do so.
Assessing the situation, here’s what’s on your checklist of potential hazards – the things that can hurt you, and things and people that might be hurt by you:
- Vehicles coming from your left
- Vehicles parked on the main street to your right
- Pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Pedestrians entering the crosswalk from your left
- Pedestrians entering the crosswalk from your right
- Pedestrians crossing the main street on your right
Question 1: In what order would you assess this situation for hazards? (What would you look for first, what would you save for last?)
Question 2: In a busy intersection in a metropolitan area, what might you be missing that is important?
That’s the answer in the meeting room, the classroom, or the office. As to how a case of recognizing what can hurt us plays out in real life – in a situation exactly like this:
It’s one more tragic example of how important it is not just to know how to recognize hazards, but practice the process all the time!