Traffic Control Flagger Safety Manual Program


Traffic Control Flagger Safety Manual Program

Table of Contents

  1. General requirements
  2. Flagging position
  3. Equipment
  4. Single flagger
  5. Two flaggers
  6. Flagger procedures

Traffic Control Flagger Safety Manual Program

Chapter Section

High-visibility Clothing

Flaggers must wear high-visibility clothing so that pedestrians and vehicles can see them easily even from a far distance. During daytime, the flagger’s vest, jacket or shirt should be orange, yellow, yellow-green or a fluorescent version of these colors.

Flagging Position

  • Flaggers must remain alert and standing at all times. No lawn chairs or straddling barricades.
  • However, a small plastic foot rest can go a long way to reducing fatigue and back pain.
  • Always face oncoming traffic and never turn your back to oncoming traffic or stand in the path of moving traffic.
  • A flagger’s normal station is on the shoulder of the road, not in the line of traffic.
  • Stand in a location that allows approaching traffic adequate time to respond.
  • Vehicle drivers must be able to recognize you as a flagger for at least the minimum site distance.
  • As an example, if the posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour, minimum site distance is approximately 550 feet.