Traffic control is the primary concern for workers on the ground when it comes to road work projects. Static traffic control devices can reduce the number of man-hours required to keep up with it. A great traffic control setup with key flagmen can make or break a safe work environment.
Traffic Control Signs
Advanced warning sign placement becomes a very important factor as speeds increase. OSHA has several minimal guidelines in regards to traffic control setups for various types of situations. All of which involve traffic control signs. Traffic control signs are made of bright or reflective materials that tell drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians how to navigate around and through construction work areas. These signs are generally diamond shaped with either a yellow or orange background. Thee signs also use black print for their legends and borders. These are designed to keep both drivers and workers safe.
Metal Traffic Signs
Metal traffic control signs ae the traditional material used for these types of signs. They are generally made from aluminum, in some cases thin steel, and are coated with a reflective material. They utilize freestanding stands that allow them to be placed pretty much anywhere. They are also rigid and large. In this, transporting and deploying these signs can take several teams, vehicles, and even trips to the job site in order to complete a safe and effective installation.
Roll-Up Traffic Signs
Roll-up traffic signs are a more modern technology that uses various flexible materials that offer varying levels of reflectiveness. These materials are made for a wide range of uses and usually met several organizational safety standards. They are lighter than metal signs and “roll up” for storage. Since this is the case, roll-up traffic control signs can be stored in greater numbers in a single crew vehicle. They also take less manpower to deploy as 1 man can set one up in mere moments. This is in contrast to metal signs where 2 crew members are usually required to steady the sign during installation.