Traffic Control on Public Roads

When it comes to working around vehicles, traffic and highly congested areas, there are some keys things to do and watch for:

• High visibility clothing is required at all times. Vests, Coveralls, Stripes, Hard Hats
• Housekeeping needs to be maintained to avoid slips, trips and falls, as well to maintain safe access and egress.
• Signage is up and obeyed.
• Painted lines are touched up as required.
• Ensure all traffic will move safely through the site.
• If possible, avoid driving in reverse on sites. If unavoidable, have audible reverse alarms.
• Ensure all vehicles have a walk around inspection done daily to ensure lights, signals and horns work.
• Where traffic is diverted onto dusty road surfaces, good visibility shall be maintained by dust suppression with an approved substance.

Demonstrate on show you how to use the sign.

  • When you show the STOP side to approaching traffic, hold up your free hand like this. [Demonstrate.]
  • When you show the SLOW side, motion traffic to keep moving slowly. [Demonstrate.]
  • Hold the sign firmly in view of oncoming traffic.
  • Give motorists plenty of warning. Don’t suddenly flash STOP when a driver is too close.
  • When you show STOP, clearly indicate where you want traffic to stop. When traffic has stopped, you may move to a point on the road where traffic in that lane can see you.
  • When you show SLOW, don’t bring traffic to a complete halt. When drivers slow down, use your free hand to signal them to keep moving slowly.
  • If you’re working along a two-lane road with traffic moving in both directions, you’ll have to coordinate your signals with the traffic controller on the other side.
  • Where two lanes are reduced to one, make sure you stop traffic in one direction before letting traffic through from the other direction.
  • A traffic control person must never be used to direct traffic if more than one active lane of traffic is travelling in one direction or if the posted speed limit is greater than 60 km/hr.
  • Remove or cover any traffic control signs at quitting time or when traffic control is suspended. Drivers can be confused by signs still in place when no construction work is going on.