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Important Safety Considerations for Roadway Construction

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When you’re managing a roadway construction job, there are many risks that you have to prepare for. Safety is of the utmost importance. You have an obligation not only to keep your crew safe but the traveling public as well. From work zone hazards to providing ample signage, your clients expect you to address all the safety concerns for the project. Here are some things to consider.

Training Your Crew

Construction sites are inherently dangerous. Between operating dangerous equipment and tools or operating in harsh conditions, you need to make sure that workers are knowledgeable about safe practices. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA provides guidance and resources for workplace safety. OSHA offers various types of training courses that address issues such as fall protection and working in confined spaces.

Protecting the Public

Work zones are dangerous for the traveling public, including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. It’s important to have the various barricades, signs and other traffic control devices to either detour, block or direct travelers safely. Most likely you are following a traffic control plan Washington, but you need to inspect it closely to make sure it’s suitable and comprehensive enough for the project. Consider also cordoning off dangerous areas such as open pits from foot traffic.

Offering Personal Protection

Exposure to falling objects, wet surfaces and other hazards require that your crew has the proper personal protective equipment or PPE. Safety apparel such as eyewear, hard hats, steel toe boots and reflective vests are some of the most common examples of PPE that you’ll generally need to provide for all onsite personnel. Specialized work may also necessitate the use of gear such as earplugs and gloves also.

As a construction project manager, you are responsible for the project progress, including the cost and schedule. Safety is a crucial metric of your job. Your clients and your crew expect you to implement best safety practices for a successful, no-incident project.