If you're approaching your first day managing a road construction project in your area, it's important that you be prepared. Making sure that your crew is safe on the job should be priority number one. Here are a few things that you can keep in mind to help you to tackle what could otherwise seem overwhelming.
Create A Traffic Flow Plan
When you arrive onsite, the first step is to create a plan for managing the traffic around the workers. You'll want to be sure that there's a safe path for the traffic to travel through the area, which means having sufficient space for advanced warning about the traffic pattern change as well as enough equipment to separate the traffic from the road crew. Barriers, cones, and the like are ideal for this part, especially when you're dealing with workers on foot as well as those using equipment.
The advanced warning section should provide the motorists with more than enough room to respond to the traffic pattern change without worry about changing weather conditions or other issues. Use multiple signs, including digital illuminated ones. Finally, mark the end of the construction zone with signs that tell drivers to return to their normal traffic pattern.
Define The Work Areas
Since most road construction areas have many different tasks happening at once, it's important that you have clear definitions of the work areas to keep all of the crew and equipment safe. This reduces the risk of accidents or damage caused by errant tools or equipment from neighboring projects. Use cones or barrels to create the division so that it serves as a visual deterrent.
Assess The Surroundings Carefully
Make sure that you understand where all of the vehicles and equipment will be found. When possible, walk so that you're facing the traffic so you can see what's coming at you. If you are in an area where visibility is minimal, consider having someone onsite to serve as a spotter.
While you're evaluating the surroundings, make a note of the blind spots that your equipment might encounter. Know which areas will be the greatest risks and ensure that you have someone there to monitor the foot traffic and navigation of those areas. For example, any area where the operator won't have a clear line of sight around the equipment or around obstructions like barriers would be a concern. You'll want someone there to help improve visibility in those areas.
Provide Safety Gear
During your morning meeting when work assignments are distributed, make sure that you also reinforce the idea of wearing all of the necessary safety gear. Distribute reflective clothing, hearing protection and other similar items, then make sure every worker is wearing steel-toe boots.
For more information about road construction projects, contact a company like Lien Transportation Co.