They say you get only one first impression, so make it a good one. While you are focused on your project within a work zone, who is acting as the face of your company while protecting your employees and the traveling public? The right traffic control partner should assure your team—and the traveling public—that they’re professionals. One of the first things you can do to assess the quality of your traffic control partner is looking at the condition of their personal protective equipment (PPE) and traffic control devices.

First and foremost, the condition of PPE and traffic control devices is a safety matter. Any time the visibility of safety equipment is reduced, it diminishes its ability to assist in protecting your employees, your equipment, and the traveling public. What’s more, dirty and damaged equipment looks unprofessional.

Selecting the right partner should not only keep you safe but also aid in raising the public’s image of your company.

How do you know when a piece of equipment does not meet the standards of safety and quality? Shown are examples of equipment in acceptable, marginal, and unsafe conditions.

PPE

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

UNSAFE

Traffic Control Devices

ACCEPTABLEMARGINALUNSAFE
The item is in new or excellent
condition with very minor wear or
dirt. Any high-visibility area is clean,
and retroreflective components are
100% intact.
The item has visible wear, dirt,
and abrasions. It looks used, not
new. The high-visibility areas have
dirt and scrapes, which reduce
the item’s impact. Retroreflective
components show wear. It is still
safe and effective but no longer
looks professional. This kind of
equipment is suspect and should
be cleaned or replaced.
The item looks very worn and
dirty. It is dull, and its visibility is
diminished. The retroreflective
components are missing in areas
and dull. The item is no longer
providing effective safety in
the field and must be replaced
immediately.

Flagger Force Traffic Control Services® is recognized as an industry leader in temporary traffic control. In 2002, the company was founded by entrepreneurs Michele and Mike Doner, who began with just a handful of employees, one pickup truck, and the signs, stands, and cones needed to control traffic in a work zone. Today, Flagger Force establishes safe work zones throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic region, with approximately 900 trucks on the road and career opportunities for more than 1,600 full-time employees. Our clients have embraced our quality and safety standards, which has allowed us to continuously expand our geographic reach. Flagger Force now has 11 operating locations, including our corporate headquarters in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. 

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