Road Repair Can Be Hazardous - Sidestep The Dangers With Proper Planning And Ppe

Road repair is critically important to those who's town or city has been affected by a major disaster. In returning to one's home, being able to get food and supplies is critical for survival. But it's equally important that workers take care of themselves as infrastructure is being rebuilt. Workers have a depth of responsibility in being cognizant of public safety while also being vigilant regarding the safety of co-workers and themselves. Here are some ways repair workers can ensure safety for all involved:

Prior Planning
Obtain as much of an overview as possible of the job you will be working on. Try to anticipate how worker, pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic may flow, affect, and impact the area. Anticipate how to keep the public and workers safe by clearly delineating work areas. A variety of measures, depending on the type of work being done, can be used. Traffic cones, collapsible barriers, flagging tape and traffic cone signs can all be used for temporary work areas. In some cases, vehicles with attenuators or temporary traffic barriers will be necessary.

Proper PPE
Wearing the proper ANSI Class high visibility PPE is the first line of defense in ensuring worker safety in a work zone. Being visible gives vehicle operators and others ample time to spot and respond to workers in a work zone. ANSI Class 2 and 3 garments with a fluorescent background and retroreflective material can ensure visibility of workers, especially during dawn and dusk, when visibility can be compromised. Additionally, it is crucial that workers directing the flow of traffic have the necessary equipment to effectively and safely execute the task. These might include items such as stop/slow paddles and highway safety flags.

Prospect Potential Dangers
While working on repair, it is critical that workers remain vigilant of unexpected safety concerns that might arise. Remain alert, and alert others of any conditions that may pose potential danger. These might include downed wires, particularly around areas where there is water. Also be cognizant of waters that may contain contaminants. Notify workers, the public and/or appropriate authorities/utilities of these risks. Your role in helping people rebuild their lives starts with ensuring everyone is safe as the process is undertaken.