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  • 1. Construction Safety Talks Flagging Some Things To Know Before You Give Your Talk. Traffic: As a supervisor, you know that flagging is provided at work sites Using Flags either to stop traffic intermittently or to maintain continuous traffic flow past the work site at a reduced speed. Its purpose is to No. 68 protect both the motorist and the work crew. Signs need to be posted at least 100 feet before the flagger notifying road users of the upcoming workzone. You need to How This Talk remind your crew that whenever they are the flagger, they must be Applies To My visible at all times to approaching traffic far enough ahead to allow Crew: for enough time for the oncoming vehicles to respond. They must also leave themselves time to get out of the way if the driver doesn't respond to their signals. And they should always face traffic. Tell your crew that flaggers must be neat, courteous, patient, and have a good sense of responsibility. A STOP/SLOW paddle should be the primary method of hand signaling traffic as they are easier for motorists to see and understand. , Flags are permissible for emergency use when used in the following manner. 1. TO STOP TRAFFIC the flagger faces road users, extending the flag staff horizontally across the road users lane in a stationary position so that the full area of the flag is visibly hanging below the staff. The free arm shall be held with the palm of the hand above the shoulder level toward approaching traffic. 2. TO DIRECT TRAFFIC TO MOVE the flagger stands parallel to the road user movement and with flag and arm lowered from the view of the road users, shall motion with the free hand for road users to proceed. Flags shall not be used to signal road users to proceed. 3. TO ALERT OR SLOW TRAFFIC the flagger faces road users and slowly waves the flag in a sweeping motion of the extended arm from shoulder level to straight down without raising the arm above a horizontal position. The flagger shall keep the free hand down. © 2003 Liberty Mutual Group – All Rights Reserved 1
  • 2. 4. When used at night, the flag shall been made of retroreflective material. The flagger’s station should be illuminated. 5. Warn all workers in the workzone when a vehicle fails to obey your signal. Only then can you try to get the license number. 6. If for some reason you must leave your post, call for a replacement. Don't leave the job unguarded. 7. Drink plenty of water. 8. Swap the flagger responsibilities among other employees so that the job doesn’t get boring and they become less alert. To Stop Traffic Traffic Proceed To Alert and Slow Traffic Try This For Show And Tell! Demonstrate the proper way to flag traffic and have every member of the crew prove to you that they know how to do it. Questions You Can Use To Get Them Talking: • Have all of you been trained in flagging procedures? © 2003 Liberty Mutual Group – All Rights Reserved 2
  • 3. • Should you face the traffic or the work site? • Has anyone ever had an accident - or know of one - involving flagging traffic? Attended By: The illustrations, instructions and principles contained in the material are general in scope and, to the best of our knowledge, current at the time of publication. No attempt has been made to interpret any referenced codes, standards or regulations. Please refer to the appropriate code, standard or regulation making authority for interpretation or clarification. © 2003 Liberty Mutual Group – All Rights Reserved 3