Spring Safety: Protect Workers in the Work Zone


As we begin spring and workers are on the job in outdoor work zones once again, it’s a good time for a refresher on how to stay safe in a work zone.

ConeZoneBC.com offers a safety checklist workers should review before they begin any projects in an outdoor work zone.

If workers can’t answer “yes” to any question, they need to address their concerns with their employer.

  • Do you understand your organization’s procedures for working safely at the roadside?
  • Are you aware of the hazards associated with your work site?
  • Have you had a safety briefing to review work site hazards?
  • Do you understand the work zone set-up (traffic cones, signs)?
  • Are you familiar with the movements of mobile equipment and work vehicles at your work site?
  • Do you understand your organization’s procedures for working safely around mobile equipment and work vehicles?
  • Are you wearing your high-visibility garment? Is it clean and usable—not torn or faded?
  • Do you require other personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your job activity? If so, are you wearing it?
  • Do you know your escape route in case a vehicle crosses into the work zone?
  • Do you know what to do in case of an emergency incident at your work site?
  • Have you discussed any and all safety concerns with your supervisor?

If you don’t know where your work site will be in advance:

  • Do you have the appropriate traffic warning signs and traffic control devices, such as cones, in your vehicle?
  • Do you understand how to correctly place traffic warning signs and devices?
  • Do you know how to identify and address site-specific hazards once you arrive at your work site?

Prepare your workers for a safe spring and summer. Provide them with this checklist and encourage them to inform you about any concerns they may have.

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