Roadway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who drive through the complex array of signs, barrels, and lane changes and for workers who build, repair, and maintain our Nation’s streets, bridges, and highways.
Flagging is an important and demanding job that ensures the safety of workers and the traveling public. It is a high-risk job that requires specific training and the cooperation of both the public and work crews.
What is a flagger or flag person?
The proper term for a flagger or flag person is “traffic control person” or TCP. Motorists, pedestrians and workers rely on a traffic control person to keep them safe as they pass by temporary workplaces on the road. There are several circumstances where a TCP is required:
- Where a worker, equipment or other obstruction blocks or hinders all or part of a traveled roadway;
- Where work encroaches into an intersection and interferes with regular traffic movement;
- When traffic is reduced to one lane in a construction zone;
- When vehicular traffic is not regulated by other devices or signage;
- Where hazards, emergency situations, or lack of adequate control cause an unsafe environment for motorists, pedestrians and workers.
A traffic control person has significant responsibility and takes precedence over streetlights, stop signs and any other regulatory regime on our rural and urban roads.
All Impact Security Flagging (TCP) staff are training and certified in accordance to the Highways & Transportation and Heavy Construction Safety Association.