The roadwork season reaches its peak during warmer weather, which means that more and more construction zones pop up on the streets, highways and interstates. It is also the time of the year when there is a lot of traffic on the road as people are traveling greater distances to the mountains, the beach or other vacation spots. This creates a very dangerous situation, which puts construction workers, motorists and pedestrians at risk. Therefore, ensuring the safety of all parties is a priority for construction companies and how can they accomplish it? Here are some safety tips that can be helpful:

Have a plan in place

There should always be a transport management plan in place for every road construction project. This should include a temporary traffic control plan for protecting workers and motorists by safely directing traffic through or around the work zone. Apart from that, there should also be a traffic control plan for within the work zone, which will manage the flow of construction vehicles, heavy equipment and the workers.

Control traffic properly

There should be an advanced warning area in the work zone that should alert all motorists of any upcoming changes in driving conditions. There should also be a transition area that makes use of traffic control devices for traffic pattern shifts and lane closures. Other than that, it is also essential to have the work area, the buffer area and the termination area so traffic can go back to normal. Signs should also be used to indicate where the work zone ends for ensuring worker and pedestrian safety.

Create separate work areas

Road construction zones are usually teeming with activity and constantly busy because a lot of things are happening simultaneously. In order to avoid accidents, it is a good idea to make use of traffic control equipment, such as cones, barriers and barrels to clearly highlight specific areas of the work zone, such as areas where heavy equipment is in use, material storage, safe areas for workers to move about on foot and vehicle parking.

Use proper safety equipment

Make sure that all personnel within the work zone are wearing proper safety equipment. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) comprises of steel-toed boots, highly visible clothing, hard hats and hearing protection, depending on the noise level.

Have a competent individual at hand

Whenever there is work ongoing in a construction zone, a competent person should be present to supervise it. This is someone who will be able to identify predictable and existing hazards in the surroundings. They will also be able to spot working conditions that are hazardous, unsanitary or dangerous to workers. This individual should also have the authorization to take corrective measures for eliminating any and all of the problems. They will conduct an inspection of the construction site and play an important role in ensuring the safety of those within and outside it.
These tips can go a long way in ensuring safety in a road construction zone and can minimize accidents and casualties.

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