For many workers, roadside worksites are typical, from flaggers to landscapers, utility workers to municipal workers. Anyone who works in or around traffic should consider the following tips:
One of the most important tips when working in and around traffic is to be alert. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in high traffic areas.
When working in and around traffic, it is of vital importance that traffic can see you. Wear the appropriate PPE, including high-visibility workwear to ensure that you are visible and protected on site.
Know the Hazards
Prior to working on roadsides, take note of any potential hazards on the work site, including work areas, distance between you and the roadway, overhead wires, and work vehicles on site.
There are many factors that may contribute to poor driving conditions. When working on site, consider the following:
- Weather and how it impacts the condition of the roads (i.e. rain, fog, snow, ice)
- Weather and how it impacts visibility
- Lighting conditions on site
Watch for Pedestrians
Ensure there is a clear path for pedestrian traffic near your worksite.
Watch for Traffic
Be aware of oncoming traffic, and your work area in relation to traffic’s path.
Be Aware of the Area
It’s important to know the area in which you are working: are you working near a school that will have higher traffic in the morning and afternoons, or near an emergency station? Take these factors into consideration when working in and around traffic.