Safety Around Traffic and Construction Equipment

By: Sarah Carlye

Statistics don’t matter when it is one of your workers that are injured or killed on the job and you must face the worker and his or her family. Though you cannot control every worker and every driver, you can reduce the risks of an accident occurring with one of your workers by providing and requiring high visibility apparel as part of your workers uniform when they are working around traffic and construction equipment.

Due to the recommendations not being followed, on November 18, 2006 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) added part 634, Worker Visibility to Title 23, Code of Federal Regulation. The Rule states that all workers within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway who are exposed either to traffic or to construction equipment within the work area shall wear high-visibility safety apparel. This apparel must meet the Performance Class 2 or 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 publication American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear. This has helped to reduce injuries and fatalities.

To keep workers safe, even if it is not required, workers should be provided with high visibility apparel. All Uniform Wear has affordable high quality enhanced visibility and 360% visibility apparel available at affordable prices. For those industries that must meet safety requirements, All Uniform Wear carries jackets, shirts, and vests that are ANSI 207-2006 Class 2 Level 2 compliant.

The following duties place workers at risk of injury and death by wearing high visibility apparel:

• Anyone on foot in a right-of-way of a road
• Highway and road construction crews
• Highway and road maintenance crews
• Survey crews
• Utility crews
• Responders to incidents within the highway and road right-of-ways
• Law enforcement personnel when performing duties such as directing traffic, investigating crashes, handling lane closures, obstructed roadways, and disasters

The risks can be greatly reduced with high visibility apparel. Some duties will also be safer with flame resistant high visibility apparel.

It takes more than having high visibility uniforms for workers to keep them safe. The following will also reduce the risks to workers:

• Appropriate beaks for workers so that they are alert
• Workers who are aware of their surroundings at all times
• Well placed warning signs
• Adequate cones and barricades to block off work area
• Well lit work areas
• Construction equipment drivers who are well trained

All Uniform Wear provides high visibility uniforms at affordable prices. Taking advantage of State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program can further reduce the cost of supplying workers with high visibility uniforms. High visibility garments purchased as part of an eligible Section 402 highway safety project, which is included in the State’s approved highway plan, may qualify for the grant.

To order your high visibility apparel from All Uniform Wear, go to their website today.

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