Guiding Vehicles

Hazards Identified
Uneven terrain, moving equipment/vehicles, electrical, dust, noise, weather

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
High visibility clothing (fluorescent for daylight and retro-reflective for night)

Hazard-Specific Training
Familiarization by a competent person

Safe Work Practice


The operator shall be guided by a guide person before proceeding:

  • Whenever the operator does not have a clear view of the path his mobile equipment or vehicle is to take, whether due to path of travel, obstructions, poor lighting, poor weather or other factors.
  • Whenever the mobile equipment or vehicle must travel in an area where persons are present and the operator cannot see all those persons who are present.

When operating with the assistance of a guide person, the operator shall proceed only when the guide person is visible and indicates that it is safe to do so.

Guide Persons:

  • The guide person shall position themselves where they are visible to the operator.  Whenever possible, the guide person should be on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
  • The guide person shall assist the mobile equipment or vehicle operator by providing directions about the safety of proceeding with the intended motion of the mobile equipment or vehicle, giving special attention to the presence of persons present in the work area or hazards, such as overhead power lines, which the operator cannot see from his position.
  • The guide person shall not indicate that it is safe to commence the move until all persons are observed to be in safe locations.

Persons in the Work Area:

  • Do NOT move behind or in front of mobile equipment or vehicles until the operator or guide person is aware of your presence and has indicated that you may proceed.

Regulations, Standards and References
Hand Signals for Guide Persons (Winter Operator’s Manual, page 40)

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.