Myth vs. Fact: Traffic Safety Edition

In the construction industry, the use of traffic safety equipment is a regular part of the job, yet there are many myths surrounding safety.

Read on to learn the most common myths in construction traffic safety.

Myth: Accidents are a normal part of the job.

Fact: Almost all accidents that occur on the job site can be prevented with the right amount of planning, proper training, and putting site-specific systems in place. This is why our team at Traffic Safety GA focuses on proper training, especially with the use of traffic safety equipment.

 

Myth: Job site safety is solely the responsibility of management.

Fact: Job site safety is everyone’s responsibility. Workers and management should receive equal training on the use of traffic safety equipment and be reporting hazardous work conditions. Workers should feel encouraged to stop work if they witness unsafe work practices or if a safety hazard is caused by the improper use of traffic safety equipment.

 

Myth: Safety training should only be performed upon initial hiring.

Fact: Holding daily or weekly safety meetings can prevent workers from getting complacent and avoid taking safety for granted. These are great opportunities to address safety concerns, discuss possible hazards from the improper use of traffic safety equipment, as well as talk about safe working practices for the current jobs.

 

Myth: Workers should only be concerned with personal safety equipment.

Fact: Personal protective equipment is the last line of defense for workers. While it can minimize the exposure to hazards that can lead to serious injuries and death, it won’t prevent accidents from happening. Workers should understand how traffic safety equipment works together with safe working practices and personal safety equipment.

 

Myth: Management should use incentive programs to promote safe practices.

Fact: This doesn’t help prevent accidents, it just prevents management from knowing when they occur. Instead of incentivizing workers, provide additional training and work with them to ensure that they are following the rules for both traffic and personal safety equipment.