Barricades & Warning Devices

One of the first steps in a construction project is the planning of traffic flow through or around the work areas. Sources of injuries involving the public and the workers include accidental contact with construction equipment, falling into open excavation work, and inadvertent entry into a busy construction zone.

Consideration must be taken on each jobsite to ensure public safety from hazards including:

  • Moving Equipment
  • Debris
  • Electrical Shocks
  • Dust
  • Slip Hazards
  • Men Working
  • Exhaust
  • Fires
  • Vapors/Fumes
  • Open Holes
  • Noise
  • Falling Debris
  • Traffic
  • Trip Hazards
  • Trenches

Barricades and other warning devices will reduce the chances of such accidents. One or more of the following types of protection should be used based on the hazards present:

Barricade Protection

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO IN THE WORKPLACE:

  • Ensure that barricades are properly striped for visibility.
  • Equip barricades with lights for night visibility.
  • Ensure that barricades are adequate to protect for hazards present.
  • Ensure that barricades keep workers and public far enough away from the work area.

THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO IN THE WORKPLACE:

  • Do not lead pedestrians into direct conflicts with worksite vehicles, equipment, or operations.
  • Do not lead pedestrians into direct conflicts with mainline traffic moving through or around the worksite.
  • Do not remove barricades unless necessary or until there is no longer a hazard.