Traffic control is needed at almost every job-site. This often involves the use of a flagger and a stop/slow paddle. Placing a flagger near traffic is considered a high hazard job and deserves attention.

Unique Washington State Rule

Washington State requires a full set-up of signs. Even short duration (up to one hour), requires a complete set up of signs.  Drivers can be distracted and the warning signs may be just enough to alert the driver to the construction activity and prevent an injury or even worse a fatality. WRD 27.20.

Flagger Highlights

  • All flaggers must have specific orientation to the traffic plan
  • Never assume that a driver sees you 
  • Never take your eye off of the first car until it comes to a complete stop
  • Never flag in an intersection
  • Always position yourself to see approaching traffic
  • Stand alone, stand upright, look alert and project your authority as a flagger
  • Always have an escape route
  • Always carry your flagger card while flagging
  • Wear proper PPE and additional PPE for hours of darkness
  • Be firm and courteous regardless of the road user

You are Responsible to Protect

  • Yourself
  • Fellow workers
  • Motorists
  • Bicyclists
  • Pedestrians

Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • What should you do when a road user is jeopardizing you or fellow workers safety?
  • What other concerns do you have on this site?
  • What should you do if cars are not following your directions?