8 Road Construction Work Zone Safety Tips

Warmer weather call for all kinds of movements on roads and highways, with more and more construction sites popping up everywhere to get things fixed and made before colder months and snow hits the roads. A number of construction worker deaths are caused by roadway incidents involving motor vehicles. Since it’s inevitable to block off entire streets and areas to conduct construction work, people and traffic are very likely to pass by construction sites making it essential for site management to practice some rules and guidelines to avoid accidents.
It’s crucial that road construction management at every site practice these essential safety tips to avoid accidents:
Have a Traffic Control Plan
Before starting a road construction project the management must devise a plan to control traffic around and through the construction site so it may flow with little to no obstruction. Also a similar plan is required inside the work zone that ensures smooth flow of heavy equipment, vehicles, workers and construction material from one point to another.
A Safety Meeting Everyday
Every day at a construction site may involve different tasks. In addition to ensuring all your workers are properly trained to carry out the jobs it is a good idea to have a quick safety meeting before beginning each day at the construction site. Ensure they know all the rules and are wearing their safety gear.
Use Warning Signs
It’s upon construction site management to install advanced warning signs alerting those using the road of upcoming changes in driving conditions and point them towards any possible diversion. Use signs throughout the changed driving course alerting drivers of pattern shifts and termination area telling them the usual path resumption.
Create Separate Work Areas
A construction site is usually a busy area with several work activities happening at the same time. Machinery and workers are bound to collide with each other if proper warning signs and cones and barrels are not used to separate specific areas of work from others.
Avoid Blind Spots
Constantly moving vehicles and equipment is a usual sight at a construction site. To avoid any possible accident the operators must ensure that all mirrors and visual aid devices are attached and working properly including backup alarms and lights. Pedestrians should ensure they are always in sight of the machinery operators.
Wear Safety Equipment
Most of the accidents at any construction site can be avoided if workers and other personnel are wearing proper safety equipment that complies with construction industry standards. Personal protective equipment includes highly visible bright fluorescent orange or lime/yellow vests, jackets or shirts, hard hats, steel-toed boats and hearing protection.
Stay Aware of Surroundings
Whether you are a site manager, machinery operator or someone who has to walk a lot inside the construction site, regardless of your job duties you must stay aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on anything near you if possible and look for unusual movements and equipment behaviour.
Stay Hydrated
Last but not the least, stay hydrated. Working at a construction site means long hours of continuous work under sun and rain. Workers are susceptible to overexertion and dehydration and heat strokes. Ensure you and your workers stay hydrated at all times and have first aid at hand if anyone falls down due to heat or any other reason.

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