Transportation Risk Management

Top Work Zone Safety Tips for Transportation Companies

04/03/2024 Written by: AP Transportation

Navigating work zones represents a significant challenge for the transportation industry that affects not only the safety of the workers and drivers but also the efficiency and timeliness of operations. The AssuredPartners Transportation team cannot overemphasize the importance of strict work zone safety practices. Below are some top safety tips companies should adopt to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of all parties involved.

Reduce your speed. Speeding is a leading cause of accidents in work zones. Implementing strict speed limits and using speed reduction tools can greatly enhance safety. Drivers should reduce speed well in advance of reaching a work zone.

  • Plan in advance. The spring season typically marks the start of road construction season. Before heading out, review routes and any expected work zone disruptions. Real-time communication tools can help drivers adjust their routes as necessary and prepare for potential slowdowns.
  • Pay attention. Drivers may be tempted to check their phones, but this violates FMCSA regulations for professional drivers. Avoid using your phone at any time, especially in construction zones.
  • Obey the signs. A traffic engineer designs and plans the construction zone by examining factors like lines of sight and distances to place the signs. The zones are designed to protect workers and make delays as short as possible.
  • Drive defensively. Stay alert, and don't follow other vehicles too closely, as things can change suddenly. For example, an equipment operator may not know the back of his machine is just over the line and in the lane of travel. Be prepared for sudden stops.
  • Be alert for lane pattern changes. Construction zones often have a lane shift that moves all traffic to another side of the road. These lane changes can be abrupt, especially for a high-profile vehicle. Reduce speed even more, and make sure the trailer stays within the travel lane.

Finally, it is essential to know that solid white lines mean "stay in your lane." Follow this traffic regulation, even if other drivers are crossing the line. By prioritizing these safety tips, transportation companies can comply with regulatory standards and protect their personnel and business. Remember, safety in work zones is not just about following the rules—it's about taking a proactive approach to risk management and the well-being of all road users.

Remember to always stay safe on the road.
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