Fatality Notice: IHSA has learned of a construction-related fatality in Sudbury involving a construction worker securing a transport trailer load. One workplace fatality is one too many, regardless of the sector, industry, or occupation. Please take a moment to think about those who have died or been injured on the job and re-establish a commitment to the prevention of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

Safety in the Cone Zone

In the past three years, nine Ontario workers working on or near the roads have been killed on the job in Ontario. More than 250 workers were struck by equipment or oncoming vehicles and suffered life-changing injuries that caused permanent damage.

One of the biggest risks of working on the roads involves workers being struck by a moving vehicle or large piece of equipment. It is critical that drivers slow down when approaching construction zones or utility worksites. Remember that the person working on the other side of the cone is someone’s mother, daughter, father, or son. During the summer months, it's often students and other young workers who are doing road work and utility maintenance work.They all deserve to return home to their families at the end of the day. Think about that the next time you are driving near a cone zone.

Employers need to ensure that workers are following proper procedures and must provide the right training and information to their employees. Workers need to make sure they are working safely and are watching out for their own safety as well as the safety of those around them.

The tips and resources listed below will help keep everyone safe.

Traffic Protection Plans and Control Devices

Companies and workers dealing with traffic control issues on construction and roadwork sites need to make sure appropriate traffic plans are in place and that they are using the right types of control equipment. It's important to make sure that:

  • plans are developed and kept at the construction site or roadwork project.
  • workers who may be exposed to traffic hazards are familiar with the traffic protection plan and control procedures.
  • devices such as signs, cones, and barricades are in good condition and placed correctly.
  • devices are used in accordance with the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 – Temporary Conditions.

Signallers and Traffic Control Persons

Workers who are in direct contact with traffic need to be trainied and able to react to any situation that may arise. It is critical that they meet the following requirements.

  • Workers who direct vehicle traffic must have received proper training and adequate written and oral instruction.
  • Signallers and traffic control persons must not perform any other work while directing traffic.
  • Signallers and traffic control persons must wear appropriate high-visibility clothing that meets regulatory standards for retroreflectivity.
  • Workers who may be endangered by vehicular traffic must wear high-visibility clothing that meets regulatory standards for retroreflectivity.

IHSA Resources

IHSA has a variety of product and training options available to help firms stay on the right path to safe traffic control. For more information, click on the links below or visit our Traffic Control topic page.



Health and Safety Policies and Procedures

You can also use the documents below as a guide to help you write or update your health and safety policy and program. (See also Safe work practices/safe job procedures.)

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