Lesson 2: Work Zone Safety and Responsibility

Aim: After completing this lesson you will know the major liability issues associated with the control of traffic in a work zone.

Local highway departments have the responsibility for the safety of the public using a public roadway. This includes the control of traffic in a construction or maintenance area. Highway officials should understand their liability for accidents in the work zone.

To increase the effectiveness and safety of the work zone and to minimize potential lawsuits, highway and local government officials should:

Flaggers should only be used when required to control traffic.

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