Keeping Work Zones Safe at Night
At North America Traffic, we design our products with workers and drivers in mind. Our traffic control devices are manufactured for varying light and weather conditions. Every one of our products will assist in making any work zone safer for both workers and drivers alike, no matter what time of day. We know how important it is to warn drivers ahead of time that they will soon be approaching a work zone and that’s why our Advanced Warning Flashers & Portable Traffic Signals can’t be missed. Our Automated Flagging Devices will ensure that all traffic heading toward a construction zone will be seen and its directions be adhered to even on the darkest of nights.
Hazards of working in a construction zone at night include:
Lack of visibility: It's harder to see in the dark, especially when there are lots of lights flashing by on the highway. Drivers may not notice your work truck or equipment until they're right on top of it, which can lead to crashes or other accidents. If you're working with vehicles that have flashing lights on them (such as tow trucks), make sure they're turned off so they aren't distracting drivers who might be approaching your area from behind.
Limited space: Construction zones are often small areas where workers must navigate around heavy machinery and equipment.
Slipping or tripping over something because of rain or snow could lead to serious injuries like broken bones or even worse!
You may have trouble seeing hazards because of headlights' glare or because of darkness itself.
Construction tools and equipment can be harder to use in less light, and more likely to cause accidents if used improperly.
Tips for staying safe while working construction at night:
Wear reflective clothing. This will make sure that cars can see you better and avoid hitting you if they need to move into another lane or change directions suddenly. Also, make sure that you always have enough safety equipment on hand including flares and flashlights, so that if someone does get into an accident with one of your workers or trucks, they'll be able to get help quickly and efficiently.
Make sure all employees wear shoes that provide stability—like steel-toe boots—even if they don't think they'll need them at first (because you never know when an unexpected accident will happen).
Ensure all your lights are turned on when working outside during the evening hours—even if it seems like overkill! Drivers should always expect to see lights on when there are people around vehicles or machinery working near them at night; this will help keep everyone safe by increasing awareness among drivers about what's happening on the road ahead of them so they can anticipate their movements accordingly before making any sudden changes in direction (which might cause an accident).
Make sure that there are no obstructions in between where you're standing and where your coworkers are standing (or vice versa). This will prevent any accidents or injuries from occurring because someone was trying to move around without seeing what was going on around them first!
Keep calm. This is easier said than done, but it's crucial that you don't panic or get flustered if you do find yourself in danger. Take a deep breath, assess the situation, and move forward with caution.
Be sure the company you are working for has and is using the appropriate safety equipment like automated flagger assistance devices and portable traffic signals. These innovative solutions for traffic control are a must for all construction road work sites.
It's a busy time of year for road crews across the country and all of North America, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. With the days getting shorter, workers are often on the job in low-light conditions or, even worse, at night when drivers may not expect to see work zones.
Nighttime work zones are notoriously dangerous—and that's why it's important to stay alert when you're around them. The night shift is no joke. If you work construction, you know that it can be tough to get through a full day's worth of work in the dark. You're tired, you're hungry, and your eyes are straining to see what's in front of you. It's not exactly ideal when you're on the job site—but it's especially dangerous when you're working at night. Utilizing North America Traffic’s products that are specifically designed to keep work zones safe is your best defence against the dark!