Road Traffic Control & Construction Safety Blog


 

Are you interested in learning more about traffic control, road construction safety, automated flagging devices and more? Our blog covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the various kinds of safety hazards flaggers face to the different kinds of traffic control devices that are available for use. As a manufacturer of Automated Flagger Assistance Devices (AFAD) we consider ourselves a reliable source of information in these areas when you need it. That being said, check out our collection of articles below.

Tips for Encouraging Worker Safety

Tips for Encouraging Worker Safety

Think about your work zone for a minute. How are you communicating safety procedures to your employees? Are you utilizing the latest in safety technology? Are your employees ditching safety procedures to meet tight deadlines? If your answers to questions 1 and 3 are yes, and question 2 is no, then you need to take a close look at how you can encourage worker safety in your work zone. Continue reading
What To Wear In A Work Zone

What To Wear In A Work Zone

Are your workers dressed appropriately in your work zone? From sweltering summer days and freezing winters to rainy days and high winds, learn how you can keep safe in a work zone by wearing the proper gear. Continue reading
Work Zone Risk Assessment

Work Zone Risk Assessment

Did you know that the majority of workplace accidents are preventable? It’s true. An estimated 90% of workplace accidents occur because proper risk management did not happen. Keep reading to learn more about work zone risk management, and why it is essential to your work zone. Continue reading
Understanding Short-Term Temporary Traffic Control Options

Understanding Short-Term Temporary Traffic Control Options

What do think of when you think of traffic options for your short-term temporary traffic control zone? Do you think of flaggers? Automated flagger assistance devices? Keep reading to learn more about the different types of traffic control options and what that means for your work zone. Continue reading
Work Zone & Transportation Resources

Work Zone & Transportation Resources

The road construction industry is filled with rules and regulations that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Do you want to learn more about work zone rules and safety or why things are the way they are in a work zone? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most important, go-to, documents and organizations in the industry so you can learn more about the people and rules that keep road work rolling along.  Continue reading
Work Zone Safety: Highway Construction

Work Zone Safety: Highway Construction

Working in a highway work zone presents many challenges and dangers. Of course, you want to keep yourself, your co-workers, and drivers passing through the work zone as safe as possible. Even if you have plenty of experience in road construction, you might still get nervous when starting a job on a busy highway or interstate. You aren’t alone in feeling this way, and you have many valid reasons for your concerns. Each year numerous workers and drivers are injured or killed in highway road work or construction zones. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that…
Working On Rural Roads

Working On Rural Roads

Automated flagger assistance devices (AFADS) can only be used in short term temporary traffic control zones and on two-lane roads. So, you will often find them being used on rural roads. Even without road work going on, rural roads themselves can present dangers. From low visibility and sharp turns to less intense regulation, it’s essential you are aware of the potential hazards of working on rural roads. Continue reading
Three Questions To Ask Before Buying An AFAD

Three Questions To Ask Before Buying An AFAD

If you’re in the road work construction business, you are all too familiar with the hazards that present themselves daily in your work zone. From weather–related dangers to distracted drivers, the risks are numerous. Implementing an Automated Flagger Assistance Device (AFAD) in your short-term work zone can relieve some of the stresses of working on the road, minimize dangers faced by flaggers and other workers in the work zone, and help traffic flow smoothly. There are several AFAD models on the market, including stop/slow AFADs, red/green AFADs, and other traffic control devices intended for long-term work zones but which type…
Work Zone Safety: Sun Exposure & Heat Exhaustion

Work Zone Safety: Sun Exposure & Heat Exhaustion

Who doesn’t love a warm sunny day? Working outside under blue skies and feeling the sun on your shoulders can be invigorating and is also a big reason why many enjoy working in road construction. However, as temperatures rise, and the sun comes out to stay, you need to focus on protecting your body from harmful UV rays, heat exhaustion, and being aware of other potential dangers that bright sun and hot conditions can bring. Continue reading
Do You Need an AFAD in Your Temporary Work Zone?

Do You Need an AFAD in Your Temporary Work Zone?

We’d like to think that this question could be answered with a simple “yes!” But, if you’re thinking about using an automated flagger assistance device in your work zone, you’ve probably got a few more questions like, are AFADs actually effective? Do they perform better than traditional human flaggers? Are AFADS proven to be safer than other flagging methods? Purchasing an AFAD for your work zone is a big decision. Keep reading to learn more about why you need an AFAD in your work zone. Are AFADs actually effective? Yes. Automated Flagger Assistance Devices (AFADs) are proven to be an…
Practicing Work Zone Safety in Rainy Conditions

Practicing Work Zone Safety in Rainy Conditions

We’ve all heard the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”, a well-intentioned phrase meant to bring an optimistic perspective to the dreary weather that April can commonly bring. However, in the world of work zones, April showers often bring accidents and dangerous conditions. As work zones and temporary traffic control (TTC) zones pop up across the country now that it’s spring, are you prepared for the potential dangers that the sporadic weather can bring?Continue reading
Work Zone Safety: For Drivers

Work Zone Safety: For Drivers

Every year in April, road workers across the country honor National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). This year NWZAW falls on April 8-12, and the theme is “Drive Like You Work Here.” Federal, state, and independent agencies will be hosting events and promoting awareness of all week long, but you can honor National Work Zone Awareness week all year long by being a safe and responsible driver. In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, we’ve rounded up four safety tips for driving in work zones and being aware of what’s going on around you. After all, the safety of…