Flagpersons Safety Training
By Kevin Carbotte
Controlling traffic through work areas is one of the most important and dangerous operations in heavy construction. The primary objectives of the program are to train flagpersons to provide safe passage of traffic through and around work areas and to minimize confusion by bringing standard flagging procedures to provincial highways. This course is designed for novice construction work-zone flagpersons in both one- and two-person flagging operations. Experienced flagpersons attend this course as a refresher. All attendees receive a certificate of course completion.
Digitalization of this course would allow prospective flaggers to complete the theory portion of flag person training online. The digital media company will develop a series of digital interactive flagging tools that enable a learner to plot out flagging setups based up various road configurations appropriately. Following the flagging setup process, the flag person will be able to practise flagging by making the right choices when presented with multiple conditions.
Upon completion of the activity, participants would complete an online assessment to measure their understanding of procedures and practices. After the online course, participants receive practical training and a second assessment on the worksite. That allows the participants to learn at their own pace, repeat the online course multiple times before the assessment and then practice the new skills on the worksite. Following the course work, the learning receives a final evaluation to ensure they retained the knowledge they gained.
The Flagpersons Safety Training course is particularly attractive in situations where flagpersons training is required on short notice. During a flood year in Manitoba, WORKSAFELY was called upon to train flagpersons in a rural community. If online training was available, training could start immediately and allow time for WORKSAFELY to schedule a worksite assessment. Any delay in learning could result in reduced number flagpersons available to properly manage a construction site.
The Flagpersons Safety Training app takes the strain off Manitoba employers in heavy construction, provides greater access to training for construction workers and improves the safety of Manitobans travelling on our provincial highways
Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
The project’s outcomes will be shared with other workplaces, key user groups, potential audiences and practitioners in the occupational health and safety community through partnerships with associations, industry, education and training committees etc. These include: