We are generally aware of the benefits of the smartphone’s appearance on the market. In fact, it has become impossible to do without. One of its benefits is that we are accessible at any time of the day/workday. It is virtually expected that everyone has access to a mobile phone. As a result, we are making calls and sending messages everywhere, even in machine cabins and at construction sites. However, the smartphone also has some serious drawbacks.
Making use of a smartphone while driving and working is dangerous. It is important that we are not distracted while driving and working with machinery. This is because this endangers your own safety, that of your colleagues and the local community (third parties).
The use of a smartphone/phone is permitted at a construction site under the following circumstances:
Your mobile telephone must be off:During high-risk activities (hoisting/lifting, working at height, etc) and in situations in which you can endanger yourself, others and potentially your surroundings. When the client’s regulations prohibit the use of mobile telephones. In an environment in which your mobile telephone can disrupt electronic equipment. In an explosive environment, for example with chemical pipes, confined spaces, etc.
Supplement about participating in Teams meetings while driving:
Participating in Teams meetings while driving is not acceptable. Various questions were received about this. What is and what is not permitted for meetings or calls while driving?
The following applies to the driver:
Permitted: one-on-one handsfree calls.
Not permitted: using the Teams app or similar applications, such as Zoom and WhatsApp, to establish a connection. This is not permitted even if you deactivate the video connection! Actual practice shows that this results in a significantly higher level of distraction. We consider this unacceptable for safety reasons.
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