Stop/ Slow Paddle
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A day in the life of a flagger

Due to potentially dangerous work conditions (as well as potential danger to the driving public), the role of a flagger, a person providing temporary traffic control, is strictly regulated by the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). From dress code to personality, the expectations are carefully outlined by the MUTCD.

Dress code
Visibility is paramount to the flagger's ability to perform his or her function. Because a flagger must be seen by approaching drivers at 1,000 feet, even in darkness, clothing must adhere to the following standards:

  • Orange, yellow (or fluorescent orange or yellow) vest, shirt, or jacket for daytime work

  • Reflective orange, yellow, white, silver, strong yellow-green (or fluorescent) vest, shirt or jackets for nighttime work or in low visibility

When uniformed police officers perform the role of flagger, a reflective vest or other garment similar to those mentioned above must be worn. Although not a requirement, a brightly colored hat (hard hat or otherwise) may improve a flagger’s visibility.Sturdy, appropriate footwear should also be worn at all times.

Personal traits
A flagger must be smart and responsible. Above all, the purpose of a flagger is to move traffic safely and efficiently while protecting sensitive areas like construction sites or school crossings.An ideal flagger is both intelligent and conscientious, able to adapt to changing traffic situations and managethe safety of others. The flagger must also be trained in all traffic control practices and be able to:

  • Recognize dangerous situations and act quickly

  • Perform his/her duties under occasionally stressful conditions

A flagger must be physically fit. Good sight, hearing, physical stamina and quick reflexes are crucial to the work of the flagger. The job of a flagger requires that he or she:

  • Move quickly to avoid danger

  • • Control stop/slow paddles and other signal devices, maintaining appropriate visibility heights
A flagger must communicate instructions well. As the most publically visible of all site workers, the flagger engages in direct interaction with the public. To gain motorist compliance with instructions, a flagger and must:
  • Communicate instructions clearly, firmly, and politely

  • Provide drivers with clear and positive guidance in frequently changing situations
Flagger stations
Flagger stations (where the flagger stands) should be located far enough in advance of the work site to allow sufficient time for approaching vehicles to react to instruction. If necessary, this also gives time for the flagger to give appropriate warnings to workers. Flagger stations should adhere to the following regulations:
  • A flagger should stand on the shoulder or in a barricaded lane, entering the lane of traffic only after traffic has stopped. For proper visibility, a flagger should always stand alone and never allow other workers to congregate in their work area

  • Except in cases of emergency, appropriate warning signs should be placed on the roadway in advance, and only when they are in place should the flagger begin flagging

  • A flagger must always be cognizant of traffic that may be approaching from behind

Signaling procedures

Stopping traffic
Facing traffic, the flagger extends one arm horizontally, holding the stop paddle stationary. The other arm is raised with the palm facing out to oncoming vehicles.

Starting traffic
When facing traffic, the flagger keeps the paddle patek phillipe replica extended in a stationary position, showing the slow face. The other arm gestures to traffic to proceed.

Alerting or slowing traffic
Facing traffic, the flagger extends the slow paddle horizontally and in a stationary position. With the other hand facing palm down, the flagger gestures in an up and down motion, indicating for traffic to slow down.

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