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Prioritizing Construction Work Zone Safety in India

To promote work zone safety in India, we’re examining what challenges India faces and what solutions are available.

Construction work zones are a safety challenge for motorists, pedestrians, and construction workers alike.

With increasing road construction in India, there is a corresponding increase in crashes and work zone fatalities. We’ve witnessed many construction work zones missing critical advance warning signs and traffic management devices designed to improve safety. When signage and delineation devices are used, too often they’re made of substandard reflective sheeting which is not effective in safely guiding motorists through work zones.

To promote work zone safety in India, we’re examining what challenges India faces and what solutions are available.

Work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility. What standards exist for work zones?

Enforcement of IRC SP:55 - Work Zone Traffic Management Plan (WTMP) will improve the safety of motorists and construction workers. Unfortunately, implementation of these vital standards is lacking. Far too often, traffic control devices do not have proper reflective material to direct drivers at dawn, dusk and night. IRC SP:55 - Work Zone Traffic Management Plan (WTMP) includes specific guidelines for using retroreflective sheeting in work zones to improve safety and visibility. As an industry, it’s time to start adhering to, and enforcing this standard for the safety of everyone.

Without proper use of reflective sheeting, these traffic control devices disappear at night.

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What can construction workers do?

When setting up a construction work zone, make sure the proper temporary traffic control devices are placed to give advanced warning to drivers and pedestrians. The advanced warning zone should alert drivers that the traffic patterns and conditions will change and that they should take extra caution and reduce speeds. Devices placed there should be visible day and night as well as dusk and dawn. Not only can these standards protect lives by providing adequate warning, they also protect the active work area. Accidents in work zones can cause delays in the project resulting in increased cost.

What can drivers do?

Motorists must drive with care in these areas. For your own safety and the safety of the workers, always obey the warnings in work zones. Remember to reduce your speed, follow detour instructions, and always stay off your phone while driving.

Avery Dennison is dedicated to developing durable, high-performing reflective material for temporary traffic control devices in work zones around the world. To learn more about the products designed for construction safety, download our Construction Work Zone guide for India.

To learn more about Avery Dennison Reflective Solutions, visit reflectives.averydennison.com.

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