One of the most important jobs on a construction site is the flagger. The flagger is the gate keeper of the site, letting traffic through and stopping when equipment needs to be moved. This is a dangerous job and it is important that you know what you’re doing. It has been a long time since this was the job for the new kid on site.
So how do you make one of the most important jobs on the site fun to learn about? Currently flaggers are trained in 2 parts. The first is in a class room where you are trained on the procedures and regulations around the job. The second is a practical test where you are assessed on how well you can do the job. We can make it easier to retain some knowledge by having some fun learning though. While the flagger course was being revamped here in Manitoba we were working diligently on a game that took the 4 major components of the course and gamified them.
In the first scene you are driving towards a flagger. In this scene you just observe, you are in the perspective of somebody coming to work or a commuter heading somewhere, you are stopped by the flagger at the site. In the scene you see standard Manitoba construction signage such as the flagger sign and construction ahead sign. Once you arrive at the site you are put to work.
The getting dressed scene gets you ready to start work. At the back of the supervisor’s pickup truck you are asked to select your PPE (personal protective equipment) and any equipment you need for the job. You select boots, vest or jump suit, magazine, etc. Some items are wrong and some are right, it is up to you to pick the correct equipment.
It is not generally the job of the flagger to set up the signage and the pylons at the site but in this scene you are asked to verify that the site is safe for you to do your job. You will make sure the signs are the correct lengths apart and that the spot you’re standing in is close enough to the site. This will help ensure your site is always safe for you to do your job. Now it is time for signaling.
The flagger has a few different signals they use to slow, stop, and release traffic. This is the scene where you are put to the test with your knowledge of flagger signals. You can also check to make sure the sign is facing the same way. If you get too many wrong you’ll have to start over though.
This game was developed in partnership with the Manitoba Construction Sector Council and Manitoba Heavy to engage past, current, and future flaggers. This game is currently deployed to iPads and tablets in Manitoba for training. If your business is interested in this software you can contact us or the MBCSC for more information!