Work zones are designated areas used to help move traffic alongside an active construction zone. It is in these areas that struck-by and transportation incidents account for the largest number of fatal work injuries. This is why work zone safety is so important to both the workers and pedestrians that travel through them. Today we will be looking at safety tips for both workers and pedestrians on ways to keep safe when entering work zones.
Worker Safety Tips
When it comes to worker safety within work zones, visibility is key. Some of the best ways to keep workers safe include:
Use Signs and Traffic Control Devices
Work zones are typically identified by signs, cones, or other types of barriers to notify pedestrians of a change in the traffic pattern. Make sure the path is easily identified by signs and cones both inside and outside the work zone.
Include Work Zone Protections
Work zone protections are concrete barriers, water/sand barrels, or other types of moveable cushions that help keep car and foot traffic from entering the work zone. Know where your intrusion points are and include protections in these areas.
Utilize Flaggers When Needed
Flaggers should be used when the traffic pattern is limited. Make sure the flaggers are properly trained, wearing the proper high visibility clothing, and pedestrians are notified by signage as they near the work zone.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
As a pedestrian in a work zone, your attention will be pivotal to your safety. Some pedestrian tips include:
Traffic patterns, speed changes, and flaggers will be constantly changing within work zones. Make sure you are alert and ready for any changes along the road.
Keep Your Focus
Distractions are the leading cause of roadway accidents. Avoiding distractions will keep yourself and others the safest in work zones.
Seat Belts Save Lives
Seat belts can help reduce your risk of death by up to 60%. It’s the law and it will save your life in an accident.
Work zones are an integral part to the upkeep of our infrastructure. Whether you are working in them or just passing through, you are responsible for keeping everyone safe. To keep the conversation going, download the OSHA Fact Sheet on Work Zone Traffic Safety or comment below.