Warmer weather means that roadwork will be in full swing. Unfortunately, that also means it’s prime time for roadwork accidents to happen. Whether it’s a construction worker or a civilian, there’s a high risk of injury when the weather gets nicer and more people are outside near active construction sites.
If you want to do all you can to prevent any injuries this season, here are a few important tips to keep in mind at all times.
The Safety Plan
No matter what kind of project you’re working on, it’s important to have a plan, especially if you’re working near the road or on the road itself. Will you need temporary pedestrian bridge rentals? Will you be using road composite mats to ensure there’s enough traction on the street where you’re working? These are all questions that should be addressed before work even begins. Once you’ve cemented a plan, your site is automatically safer both for everyone working on it and for those pedestrians passing by.
Proper Traffic Control
Not only should your site have the proper signage alerting drivers that there’s construction up ahead, you should have the appropriate personnel on hand to control traffic patterns around the site. In addition, you should make sure that all of your traffic control devices and temporary traffic diversion bridges are all in top condition and properly visible.
Separate Work Areas
Road construction sites typically involve several tasks being performed at the same time, which can result in a multitude of safety hazards. In order to prevent some of these safety hazards, make sure you have sectioned off the proper work areas, including the area that civilians will be passing through. Cones, barrels, and barriers should all be in use around a construction zone. Excavation shoring boxes should be in their proper place, as should road composite mats and any other safety tools you might need.
No matter what type of construction project you’re working on, make sure you keep these important safety factors in mind. They could mean the difference between zero accidents and many. Refernce materials.