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safetysense | BY RONALD E. KOONS The new Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration published a revised version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices in the Federal Register on Dec. 16, 2009. This move followed the administration’s official notice on Jan. 2, 2008, of a proposed revision to the manual, which generated more than 15,000 comments. The last major revision had been published in 2003. Anyone who uses the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will find significant changes to the formatting of the entire publication. All paragraphs are now numbered sequentially, and italicized printing is used to segregate types of information. A change that I personally like is that all metric values were eliminated in the text and graphics in favor of English units. (Anyone wishing to use metric units can use the conversion chart provided in the appendix.) Some changes have also been made in the definitions section in Part 1 of the MUTCD. You and your designated traffic control plan employees need to become familiar with the 2009 MUTCD. Following is an overview of some of the specific changes that may affect your operations. driving aisles within parking areas, and private grade crossings shall not be included in this definition. The only problem with exempting parking lots from private roads open to public travel is that no real guidance is provided as to what needs to be done for both the aisles and the parking spaces. There certainly needs to be some consideration for safety, and the Revised American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear, ANSI/ISEA 107-2004, requires at least a Class I vest for parking-lot activities. It would appear the idea in the MUTCD is to cover all of the high-volume private roads while leaving a lot of flexibility for the other areas. Additionally, while the MUTCD appears to allow less protection in the exempt areas, OSHA could still potentially cite a company under the General Duty Clause if a worker is injured in an area where no signs, barricades or other protection devices are present. The bottom line is that most fieldworkers will need more safety training. Each field-crew leader almost needs to become an expert in the MUTCD. Additionally, before crews hit the pavement, companies should conduct a daily safety briefing that addresses the work employees will be undertaking and what protective devices they may need. The most important part of any plan is to train, train and train again. Application Guidelines The question of where the new manual applies introduces a major change in the way we have to look at this issue. Quite simply, the MUTCD now applies to all public roads and private roads open to public travel. In the past, only public roads were included. The exact definitions of both are: • Public Road − any road, street or similar facility under the jurisdiction of and maintained by a public agency and open to public travel. • Private Road Open to Public Travel − private toll roads and roads (including any adjacent sidewalks that generally run parallel to the road) within shopping centers, airports, sports arenas, and other similar business and/or recreation facilities that are privately owned but where the public is allowed to travel without access restrictions. Roads within private gated properties (except for gated toll roads) where access is restricted at all times, parking areas, Temporary Traffic Control Zones By now, everyone should realize that a couple of cones and a $3.95 vest from the local hardware store are woefully inadequate for roadway safety. Every company has to make an investment in apparel, barricades and other control devices along with the extensive training already mentioned. Under 6D.03, Worker Safety Considerations, the new manual has made some changes and provided additional clarifications regarding temporary traffic control (TTC) zones. The guidance section has broken down the requirements into five separate topics that provide recommendations for all traffic safety concerns in TTC zones (see sidebar). The standard states: All workers, including emergency responders, within the right-of-way who are exposed either to traffic (vehicles using the highway for purposes of travel) or to work vehicles Ron Koons is co-owner, along with his wife, Sandee, of RoSaKo Safety. RoSaKo has conducted numerous presentations on safety equipment since 1993 and is known as a premier safety consulting firm in surveyor safety. MARCH 2010 | Point of Beginning | www.pobonline.com http://www.pobonline.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Point of Beginning - March 2010

Point of Beginning - March 2010
Editor’s Points
Put a Lid on It
Safe Passage
Changing the Channel
‘Capturing’ the Mighty Mo
Traversing the Law
Surveying GIS
Safety Sense
New & Notable
Classified Ads
Fun & Games
Ad Index

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