Surveying Safety

by John M. Shields, Superivsory Civ. Engr.; Surveys Sect., Dept. of the Army, Little Rock Dist., Corps of Engrs., Little Rock, AR,
Jack J. Wilks, Safety Engr.; Dept. of The Army, Little Rock Dist., Corps of Engrs., Little Rock, AR,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 67-72

Document Type: Journal Paper


The prime prerequisite for a forceful effective safety program is the full endorsement of top management. Among the main requisites are first aid knowledge; qualified motor vehicle operators; weekly safety tailgate meetings; protective equipment and clothing knowledge of poisonous plants, snakes, and insects; and modern safety awareness of working in and around water, working in temperature extremes, proper use of cutting and clearing tools, working near traffic, working in electrified territory, and use of electronic distance measuring instruments. Each unit, usually a company, although it could be a small group; such as, a survey party, should have one designated person solely responsible for all safety management. For small companies this person would not be a full-time safety man, but one who would devote a portion of his time as safety manager. The purpose is to have someone responsible for taking appropriate action in safety matters.

Subject Headings: Traffic safety | Geomatic surveys | Safety | Electronic equipment | Temperature measurement | Vehicles | Water temperature | Water transportation

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