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Your Guide to Pedestrian & Traffic Control

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Obstructions and excavations should be adequately guarded at all times for the protection of all, including those who use the highway.

Barriers may consist of separate portable post and plank systems, gate frames linked together or semi-permanent constructions built to enclose sites.

The presence of these sites must be indicated by correct signage and traffic cones where appropriate. There are several different requirements for the barrier planks used with post and plank systems.

 

Traffic Barriers

traffic barriers

If a traffic lane is closed for work to be carried out, regulations require this to be done with a retro-reflective red and white barrier plank placed across the lane. Horizontal planks should be striped in alternate vertical 250mm wide red and white bands. When adjacent to running traffic lanes, barriers should be guarded by a line of traffic cones.

Pedestrian Barriers

pedestrain barriers

Pedestrians must be separated from works by a retro-reflective barrier. Base supports for the vertical posts should not protrude more than 300mm into the path of pedestrians and any vertical edge should be not more than 25mm high.

Traffic Cones

traffic cones

A traffic cone means a device complying with the relevant requirements of BS EN 13422:2004 Road traffic Signs and Internally Illuminated Bollards. Cones are used to delineate the traffic lane to make drivers aware of an obstruction, accident or road work. They should be placed close enough together to give an impression of continuity and an appearance of substance with danger lamps operating at night.

Traffic Routes

traffic routes

A traffic route has been broadly defined by The Workplace Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1999 as 'pedestrian traffic, vehicles or both, including any stairs, staircase, fixed ladder, doorway, loading bay or ramp'. Accidents and incidents involving people and vehicles on traffic routes are a common cause of fatal and major injuries to drivers, vehicle passengers and others who may be involved directly or indirectly with vehicles, eg loaders, lift truck drivers and pedestrians, together with damage to structures, equipment and products. The most common kind of fatal injury to workers is falling from a height, followed by being struck by a falling object and then being struck by a moving vehicle. In 2006/07, these 3 kinds of fatalities accounted for nearly half* of all fatal injuries to workers. Every workplace, therefore, should be organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate in a safe manner. *Source - www.hse.gov.uk.

Disability Awareness

disability awareness

The Disability Discrimination Act - Part III was developed so changes could be made which makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people. Part 3 of the Act came into force on the 1 October 2004. All providers of goods, facilities or services must take action in order to make reasonable adjustments to the physical features of their premises by this date. Our range of access ramps offer a cost effective solution to these requirements.

Snowy and Icy Conditions

snow and icy conditions

Slips, trips and falls increase during the winter season. This can be due to the build up of snow and ice in car parks and on pathways. Regardless of the size of your site always ensure that these areas are promptly tackled and kept slip free. To reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls the following system can be put into place:

1. Identify outdoor pedestrian areas which are likely to be affected, eg. building entrances, car parks, pathways, walkways and sloped areas

2. Monitor the temperature as prevention is key. Take action whenever freezing temperatures are forecast.

3. Prevent ice forming by using de-icing products such as salt, grit and ice melts.

4. If snow and ice has formed then clear snow by using a shovel or plough. Any remaining snow and ice should be melted by using a de-icer.

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