Traffic Control

Traffic Control Plans

Project site safety is not just avoiding accidents and injuries that can be caused by heavy equipment units and the use of construction tools and adoption of unsafe work practices. It also includes the prevention of incidents where workers are struck by a mobile equipment of vehicles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of the fatal work injuries is attributed to workers being struck by moving vehicles.

Construction workers like clean-up, utility, demolition workers and emergency responders are usually at risk for this kind of accident in the workplace. To avoid accidents and limit disruptions in work and productivity, the management should adopt a traffic control program that can keep everyone safe and secured within the project site, even during working hours.

What is the Importance of a Traffic Control Plan?

Construction and project sites should have a traffic control plan that will manage the movement of vehicles in areas where construction workers are conducting their work. Having a plan means informing and educating the workers on the safe practices that they should keep in mind when working. For example, workers on foot, drivers and pedestrians must be aware of the routes that they should take. There should be appropriate walkways where visitors and workers can take. The project manager or anyone in charge should configure the temporary traffic control zone for workers, pedestrians and motorists to ensure a smooth flow of traffic and prevent accidents and injuries at the work site. If there is an effective traffic control plan, construction operations will proceed as planned and injuries can be avoided, thus helping save on costs and other resources.

What are the Common Strategies and Approaches Used in a Traffic Control Plan?

An effective traffic control plan requires the use of common strategies and approaches like:

Signs. Standard highway and work signs should be used in different parts of the project site to inform the workers, drivers and pedestrians. Some of the popular signs include ‘Do Not Enter’, Reduced Speed Ahead’ and ‘Road Closed.’
Traffic Control Devices. These are control devices, message boards and signals that will instruct the drivers to follow a certain route. Some of the popular control devices used in the construction industry are cones, barricades and barrels
Lighting. An effective lighting system, scattered in appropriate places can also help guide workers and drivers and prevent accidents in the project area

The adoption and implementation of a traffic control plan will not only help comply with existing regulations, but it can help protect and secure the welfare of drivers and workers in the workplace.

 

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