Flaggers’ Safety in Highway Work Zones
The main objective of this session is to provide you with important information about your duties as a flagger and about temporary traffic control zone safety generally. By the time this session is over, you will be able to recognize the hazards of flagging; identify different sections of a temporary traffic control zone; understand the temporary traffic control plan and your responsibilities as a flagger; effectively use signaling devices; and safely position warning signs, tapers, and flagging stations.
Why “Flaggers’ Safety in Highway Work Zones” Matters:
As a flagger, you play a key role in keeping everyone safe in temporary traffic control zones. Your job helps protect construction workers at the site, as well as motorists, pedestrians, and other members of the public who pass through a traffic control zone. To effectively perform your job, you need to know about how a traffic control zone should be set up, as well as your function in the overall safety management of the zone. You’ll learn about all that and more during today’s session.
- Make sure you understand your responsibilities and authority as a flagger;
- Be familiar with the temporary traffic control plan;
- Wear high-visibility clothing;
- Inspect warning signs and traffic control devices regularly to make sure they are clean, visible, and properly located;
- Position your flagging station so that you can see oncoming traffic and they can see you; and
- Use clear signals to safely guide traffic through the traffic control zone.