Employees who work on roadways, highways, and bridges are exposed to risks from vehicular traffic and machinery. Employees who set up and take down traffic control devices are also at risk.
Traffic cones, barrels, concrete barriers, and trained traffic control persons (signallers) are some of the controls to keep employees safe from vehicular traffic. Controls for traffic on highways and bridges may differ depending on the posted speed, number of lanes, and the type of work being carried out.
Proper signage must always be present and visible in Traffic Control Zones to protect employees, and to advise the motoring public of work being completed on or near the highway. An example of how to set up and take down a Traffic Control Zone is below:
As an employer, you must:
|Posted Speed |
|Distance of Warning Sign |
from Work Area (m)
0 - 25
25 - 100
26 - 50
101 - 250
51 - 80
251 - 500
501 - 1,000
While the employer is ultimately responsible for all the provisions mentioned above, the supervisor has a vital role to play in the safety of their teams. As a supervisor, you must:
As an employee, you must:
General Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act
N.B. Reg. 91-191
Part X CONSTRUCTION, TRAFFIC AND BUILDING SAFETY
Section 91 Traffic Safety
91. (1) Where construction is being carried out in an area where an employee's safety may be endangered by vehicular traffic, an employer shall provide competent signalers to control the flow of traffic.
(2) An employer shall provide and all signalers shall wear a reflectorized vest or jacket when controlling the flow of traffic.
(3) An employer shall provide and all signalers shall use reflectorized paddles to control the flow of traffic.
92. (1) Where construction is being carried out on a highway or bridge and an employee's safety may be endangered by vehicular traffic, an employer shall ensure that
(a) concrete barriers or material offering equivalent protection is erected at both ends of the construction and as a divider between the traffic and the work area of the highway or bridge, and
(b) appropriate lane control devices and flashing lights or flares are used.
(2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply where the highway or bridge is being paved.
93. (1) Where material is piled along the sides of any excavation or trench and interferes with the flow of vehicular traffic, an employer shall ensure that the material is adequately illuminated by warning lights or reflective materials.
(2) Where work is being carried out and interferes with the flow of vehicular traffic, an employer shall ensure that adequate warning signs are posted in both directions as indicated in the following table and at any intersection between the warning sign and the work area:
|Posted speed (km/hr)||Distance of Warning Sign from Work Area (m)|
|0 - 25||25 - 100|
|26 - 50||101 - 250|
|51 - 80||251 - 500|
|over 80||501 - 1,000|
[N.B. Reg. 2001-33, s. 30]