This is one of the most critical elements of good worksite traffic management. When proper thought is put into the layout and planning of any worksite the potential for an accident decreases. This is achieved because correct equipment, personnel and associated safety issues are taken into account prior to the work commencing. This leads to greater productivity and greater safety, as action on site is planned and issues have already been resolved. There is also increased awareness because works personnel are actively thinking about the worksite and methods to improve existing layouts.
1.Management of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
When planning roadworks, consideration has to be given to the management of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This planning needs to consider the volumes as well as the speed of vehicles.
Subject to the nature of works being undertaken, traffic can generally be managed in one of the following ways:
The main aim in planning is to minimize disruption to traffic as well as to the progress of the roadworks, while providing a safe environment for both. The safest approach may be to move traffic around the worksite via a sidetrack (temporary road) or detour. This method may also be the most expensive but would generally be considered on large projects. If the work is short term, then generally the traffic will be managed adjacent to or through the worksite. Taking traffic through the worksite is usually the most hazardous. If traffic will be travelling through the worksite, care must be taken by all works personnel to ensure the safety of people entering, leaving or in the worksite.
Careful consideration should be given to the signing of the work site, no matter how brief the occupation of the site may be. This should include:
2. Volume of vehicles
3. Speed of vehicles
4. Driver Consideration