Tips to Keep Road Workers Safe
As we close out National Work Zone Awareness Week, we want to take moment to commemorate and honor our dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to keep our city’s streets clear and safe to travel on day and night. The National Work Zone Memorial on display in the neighboring city of Raleigh is a living tribute to those who have lost their lives and a testament to the importance of work zone awareness. Our team is proud to support this movement and provide safety gear and apparel to continue to help get these workers safely home.
The importance of maintaining roadside safety is a year-long commitment that requires constant attention. This week we are focusing on important ways to mitigate traffic risks by identifying hazards, assessing risks, and developing a plan to get your team safely home.
We’ve compiled our list of Safety Best Practices for you.
First and Foremost Be Visible:
Always equip your team with American National Standards Institute – or ANSI – approved reflective safety clothing. Also, ensure your vehicles have sufficient warning lights so oncoming cars have ample time to slow down and/or stop.
Travel With Flares, Cones, and Reflectors:
Having reliable equipment is a must for any roadside recovery service. Investing in items means that your team can safely operate and remain seen on the road when pulled over and conducting a recovery. This is especially essential for bad weather or operating during night hours.
Prepare to Exit and Enter on the Passenger Side:
Stop, Look and Listen. We realize it’s not always a perfect scenario. If you can ONLY work on the traffic side – use flares, cones, or other “Caution” signals to let oncoming traffic know to slow down.
Being able to contact all your roadside recovery employees whenever you need to is essential for their safety and good communication.
Establish a Safe and Highly Visible Work Area:
Start setting out reflective cones and self-illuminating area markers around a wide perimeter, starting several meters behind your truck, out to the shoulder line, and several meters ahead of your customer's car. If it is rainy or dark, use flairs to make your scene highly visible and use custom hazard lights if your vehicle is equipped with them.
Illuminate Your Work:
Finally, set up bright directional lamps to point at whatever you were called into work on. Whether this is a jump, lockpicking, roadside repairs, or hooking up the vehicle for towing, you want to be able to clearly see what you're doing.
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