In the world of construction and infrastructure, a lot of attention is given to vehicle traffic and pedestrian safety in work zones. This awareness and care is vital, and we support every effort to create safe environments around work zones. Internal traffic control and safety within a work zone is an equally important issue, though it’s often less emphasized.
An Internal Traffic Control Plan (ITCP) provides a strategic work site plan governing traffic flow within the site. Construction equipment and work vehicles often have large blind spots, and construction zones are full of visibility impairments. Because of this, runover and backover incidents are unfortunately common and are often permanently life-altering or fatal for construction workers. ITCPs can improve work site safety. Here’s how.
ITCPs are composed of several elements: detailed diagrams, an interpretive legend, and notes. ITCP objectives typically include designating separate vehicle and foot traffic lanes of travel, demarcating right of way, mapping site entry and exit corridors, minimizing vehicle and large equipment backing (the greatest hazard to construction workers on foot), and establishing communication protocol for every worker involved in a project. A good ITCP provides comprehensive direction for every phase of a project, adjusting and updating as the project progresses.
As you prepare for your next project, prioritize the safety of your crews by getting an ITCP. Internal safety matters just as much as external safety, which is why InfraStripe companies BC Traffic and Nevada Barricade & Sign Co. offer MUTCD-approved ITCPs, as well as standard Temporary Traffic Control Plans for passenger vehicles in work zones. Contact us today to get your ITCP started. We’re passionate about bringing every worker home safely after every shift on every project.