Understanding Work Zone Audits

An orange sign reads “work zone ahead” to warn drivers and increase roadside worker safety.

Every highway construction project is different and so is every work zone. Some work zones require elaborate traffic reconfigurations, while others may only need advance signage and barriers, like cones. One thing all work zones have in common is the potential safety risks for roadside workers and drivers.

Regular evaluations, like inspections and audits, can help keep people safe. You may be familiar with work zone inspections, but what about work zone audits? Inspections ensure that your work zone adheres to federal and state guidelines. Audits, on the other hand, focus entirely on the safety risks posed by the work zone.

What does a work zone road safety audit (WZRSA) entail? We’ll go through the steps of an audit and explain why getting an audit may be beneficial to your road project. Continue reading

Your Guide To Automated Flagger Assistance Devices (AFADs)

Flaggers put their lives in danger each time they enter a work zone. With automated flagger assistance devices (AFADs), personnel can distance themselves from traffic and stay safe. We’ve provided concise introductory information about AFADs and how to implement them in traffic management. This guide will answer your questions about AFADs and help you decide whether to integrate this type of system into your project’s traffic control methods. Continue reading

Workers’ Compensation & Your Work Zone

A highway maintenance worker drills into the pavement during a road construction project.

Work zones can be dangerous for traffic control flaggers. While flaggers move traffic, they are exposed to distracted drivers, machinery within the work zone, and harsh weather conditions. Common flagger injuries result from moving vehicles, falls, and overexertion. 

What happens if you are injured on the job? In this blog, we’ll discuss the types of workers’ compensation benefits and how to prevent injury within the work zone. Continue reading