Signaling Techniques

Proper signaling can greatly increase the efficiency and productivity of a construction project whether it is guiding a delivery vehicle, a forklift or a crane. Improper signaling can kill or injure workers as well as cause severe property damage on a project. The following points are recommended discussion points when discussing signaling.
Guide for Discussion
  • Know the signals. Always get with the operator and coordinate what signals mean before work begins.
  • Allow only one person to give signals.
  • Be sure the operator knows who the signal person is.
The signal person must:
  • Always be in a position to see both the operator and the work area.
  • Always watch the load; the operator must watch the signal person.
  • Not move a suspended load over workers.
  • Always warn workers when loads are being moved in their area.
  • Watch for overhead power lines and any other obstructions.
Remember the proper type of signaling operation – for a truck, forklift or crane.