Safe Work Australia has updated its workplace traffic management guidance to include information on working on or near public roads.
The guides highlight the organisation, arrangement, guidance and control of both stationary and moving traffic, including pedestrians, cyclists and all types of vehicles. There is a focus on creating and managing an orderly and efficient movement of people and goods, creating a safe environment for all users.
Traffic at a workplace includes not just vehicles such as cars, trucks, vans and buses, or powered mobile plant such as forklifts, but also cyclists and pedestrians, and cattle, horses and other animals.
If traffic is uncontrolled or not appropriately planned, it may collide with a person, structure, object or other vehicle or machine. Traffic collisions can lead to significant injuries and fatalities for both the driver or operator and any other person in the vicinity.
When managing traffic on a public road, there are actions you should take to ensure the safety of workers and the public. This could include installation of barriers and warning devices to ensure workers and vehicles stay separated.
Read the workplace traffic management guidance for practical measures on managing the risks of working on public roads: