What actually happened ±Blind Spots
About 1645 hours on 13th February 2008, a contractor water truck, knocked over a three-year-old child as it departed after having supplied water to villagers (a routine communityservice done by PDO, Oman) . The child subsequently diedfrom head injuries. The water truck driver and his mate werenot aware of the incident and were only told on arrival at their base camp that a child had been fatally injured.The incident investigation revealed the following:
The child was in front of the vehicle and was not seen byboth the truck driver and his mate as the tanker¶s large snoutcreates a significant front blind zone.
Both the driver and his mate had checked the back and sidesbut not the front of the truck prior to its departure to the basecamp.
Both the driver and his mate did not appreciate the risksposed by the front blind zone, which was created by thevehicles snout.
There is no procedures to manage front blind spots for vehicles.
Message:Blind spots are all around the vehicle (front, sides, back andunderneath).Vehicle drivers & mates should only drive off after checking that iswithin the blind spot areas.
Drivers¶ mates should walk around vehicles prior to its departure. Learning from thisaccident should be shared Group-wide, and a standard developed to manage the frontblind zones for vehicles.