Road Construction: Work Zone Safety

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Civil engineering department

A work zone is an area of a trafficway where construction, maintenance, or utility work activities are identified by warning signs/signals/indicators, including those on transport devices (e.g., signs, flashing lights, channelizing devices, barriers, pavement markings, flagmen, warning signs and arrow boards mounted on the vehicles in a mobile maintenance activity) that mark the beginning and end of a construction, maintenance or utility work activity.Roadway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who drive through the complex array of signs,
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Proper adjustment of mirrors and use of other technical solutions can eliminate or alleviate vehicle blind spots.
In transport, driver visibility is the maximum distance at which the driver of a vehicle can see and identify prominent objects around the vehicle.[2] Visibility is primarily determined by weather conditions (see visibility) and by a vehicle 's design.[3] The parts of a vehicle that influence visibility include the windshield, the dashboard and the pillars. Good driver visibility is essential to safe road traffic.Blind spots may occur in the front of the driver when the A-pillar (also called the windshield pillar), side-view mirror, and interior rear-view mirror block a driver 's view of the road. Behind the driver, there are additional pillars, headrests, passengers, and cargo, that may reduce visibility.

Follow these fundamental principles for work zone safety:
• Road user and worker safety and accessibility should be an integral and highpriority element of every project from planning through design and construction. Road user movement should be inhibited as little as practical.
• Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians should be guided in a clear and positive manner.
• To provide acceptable levels of operations, routine day and night inspections of the work zone should be performed
• Attention should be given to the maintenance of roadside safety during the life of the work zone
• Good public relations should be
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