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June 14, 2011
Highway Construction Flagger Stations: The Basics

Is your company involved in highway construction? Did you know that highway construction flaggers have responsibility of ensuring the safety of both the public and the construction team? Proper use of flagger stations helps flaggers do their job more effectively. Here are some guidelines:

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  • Flagger stations must be located so that road users have sufficient distance to stop at an intended stopping point.
  • Flagger stations should also be located so that an errant vehicle has additional space to stop without entering the work space.
  • Flagger stations must be preceded by an advance warning sign or signs.
  • Stations must be illuminated at night.
  • At the flagger station, before stopping road users, you should stand on the shoulder adjacent to the road being controlled or, if a lane has been closed, you can stand in the closed lane.
  • Only enter the lane being used by moving road users after they’ve stopped. Make sure you’re clearly visible to the first approaching vehicle.
  • Station yourself sufficiently in advance of the workers in the activity zone to be able to warn them of approaching danger by out-of-control vehicles. To warn of danger, you could use an audible warning device such as a horn or whistle that can be clearly heard over traffic noise.
  • You should be located in a visible area, away from shade and shadows.
  • Be sure to stand alone. A flagger should never permit a group of workers to congregate around the flagger station.

Think about these and other requirements for the proper position of flagger stations in temporary traffic control zones. Do you see how these rules help protect your safety?

The above information comes from BLR’s presentation "Flaggers’ Safety In Highway Work Zones." For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Safety Training Materials & Resources page.

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