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Do you feel that the
motoring public is out to get you? That if you don't hop out of the way quickly
enough, they will run you down? It
is probably because many drivers take the attitude that we should see them and
keep out of their path. Just one of the hazards of flagging traffic. When f lagging traffic, we want to do everything we can to prevent an
accident. Because when an accident occurs, everyone suffers: the motorist, our
Company, and us. An accident can mean damaged vehicles and equipment, personal
injury, and fatalities.
SIGNS CAN'T THINK
Signs normally do a good job of giving messages or direction. But they
have one disadvantage. They can't think. And
if a situation changes suddenly, our signs can't automatically adjust. That is
where we come in. A flag person is used where conditions are constantly changing
and traffic instructions must change, too.
For traffic control to be effective, the job has to beset up properly. We
put out the necessary signs in advance to warn motorists they are entering a
construction area, and to let them know that a flag person will be giving
MAKE SURE THEY SEE YOU
Motorists will be
looking for the promised flag person, and should be able to spot you quickly.
That is one reason you wear a fluorescent vest. So you will stand out. But let's
not defeat its purpose. Don't let a bunch of other employees gather around you, so that you can't be seen at all. Or
what do you suppose motorists think when they come upon a whole group of us
waving our arms, all of us directing various pieces of construction equipment
and no one directing the driver? Sometimes
motorists find two persons giving them conflicting directions. We can avoid such
situations by following these few basic rules:
1. As a flag person, you should understand what our operation involves,
so that you know what to anticipate when directing traffic.
2. You should be properly dressed and neat in appearance. Foot wear is
important. Remember that pavement can get mighty hot or cold, depending on the
weather. Sturdy shoes or boots are advisable.
3. Depending on state requirements, paddles or flags of the correct size
must be used. Flags should be at least 24" square.
4. There is only one right way to signal traffic, while there are many
wrong ways. We all should be using one standardized set of signals.
5. Only designated flag persons should be directing traffic, except in
emergency situations. These individuals must be alert to traffic conditions and
the construction operations at all times.
6. Never turn your back on traffic. Many a flag person has been knocked
for a loop.
7. Flag persons should
be firm but courteous with the public at all times. The general public could
well form an opinion of the construction industry as a whole by the impression
they receive from you.
Always remember that it's the public's high-way, not the Company's. So, we do want to be courteous. But at the same time, we want to make sure that an accident doesn't happen. We may have to be especially firm with some motorists to keep them from hurting themselves or others. Being a flag person is a very important job, because you have the responsibility of protecting the public, your fellow workers, and yourself.
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