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Flagging Safety 101

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Flagging Safety 101

Flagging Safety is a very important part of the construction crew, flaggers ensure that other workers can get the job done by diverting traffic away from the job site. They are required on construction sites where barricades and signs cannot successfully divert traffic. This position can be extremely dangerous in high-speed areas or in the presence of aggressive drivers.  

There are several flagging safety tips that you can take that will ensure a safe working environment on the roadside.

Flagger Safety Dos

  • Attend flagging safety training on directing traffic, understanding work zone layouts and responding to emergency vehicles.
  • Ask your supervisor how to handle situations with particularly aggressive drivers.
  • Wear a vest, shirt or jacket with highly visible colors—such as fluorescent orange, yellow or green.
  • In the evening, wear reflective clothing so drivers can see you from 1,000 feet away.
  • Wear a hard hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect against flying debris.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
  • Stand on the shoulder visible to oncoming traffic – do not stand in the traffic lane.
  • Establish a communication system with other flaggers and the rest of the crew to use in an emergency.
  • Be courteous to motorists as you encounter them. Do not respond to angry drivers. Instead, call law enforcement if necessary.

Flagger Safety Don’ts

  • Avoid standing in areas where you may be crushed.
  • Avoid standing in the shade, around a curve or over the crest of a hill, as drivers may not see you.
  • Wait for a co-worker to relieve you before leaving your post.
  • Avoid distracting activities such as reading, day dreaming or talking with co-workers.
  • Do not listen to music.
  • Never turn your back to oncoming traffic.
  • Stay a safe distance away from construction equipment.

For additional guidance on this topic, consult your supervisor.



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