How to Develop a Safe Work Zone on Roadways

One of the biggest threats to crews working on or near a roadway is a vehicle crashing into the work zone

How to Develop a Safe Work Zone on Roadways

Proper planning, use of cones, high-visibility gear and an awareness of traffic are all of the utmost importance when creating a work zone in or around a roadway.

More than 279 times each day, or 102,000 times in 2021, a crash occurred in a work zone. Of the 156 pedestrian fatalities occurring in work zones, 32% were workers.

We asked two utility companies recognized for outstanding safety how they manage this risk.

1. Plan for safety

South Carolina-based Santee Cooper likes to do as much advance planning as possible. A version of the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices guides the setup of safe work zone layouts. It...

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