As a contractor, you are not only responsible for keeping your construction workers safe during a job, but the public as well. If you are operating in a work zone, then different vehicles will be trying to pass through daily. How can you maintain control and prevent accidents or injuries? By spreading awareness of safety to the community of course!
A work zone carries a lot of risks, especially if you are not prepared for them. It is important to be clear with your team about what the safety policy is and to perform tasks based on practiced procedures. In order to keep drivers safe, here are some tips you can offer them as they navigate through your work zone:
- Make everyone aware of the hazards that are present.
- Drivers should always expect the unexpected. The speed limits may be reduced and traffic lanes may be changed, so caution should be taken.
- Staying alert when driving through a work zone is key. Pay attention to the signs.
- Watch for flaggers and other warning signs. Following directions will help everyone stay safe.
- Sitting in traffic due to a work zone can be frustrating, but remaining calm is important. The purpose of this type of construction project is to improve the roads for everyone.
- Never speed in a work zone. Stay within the assigned speed limit until you exit the work zone.
- Do not tailgate other cars. This could cause a rear end collision. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment, and workers.
Everyone involved in a work zone project should be patient. The goal is to put safety first, and as long as drivers, workers, and contractors work together, accidents can be avoided. At JPL Insurance Services, we hope these tips help you spread awareness to the community. If you feel you require more protection for certain projects, then having contractors insurance may be your solution. You can count on us to help you find policies that may help you get more contracts while protecting your business from liability. We have experience working with many types of contractors, including those that work on construction sites, in homes, and on commercial properties.