Ezy TCP has identified an area predominantly within the Road Construction Industry where employers are finding it hard to meet specific requirements under the WHS Act, associated Regulations and Standards set out by respective Government Authorities:
Ezy TCP has identified the gap to be in the area of providing appropriate site-specific traffic control plan in the road, bridge, railway and utility construction and maintenance sector. TCP’s are used by road, bridge, railway and utility construction/maintenance workers to assist them when setting up the necessary road signs for the various work activities at the sites they are working on.
The standard TCPs from the worksite manuals, or newly designed TCPs may need to be modified by site staff to make it suitable for site condition at the time of work.
It is an offence not to have the correct/appropriate TCP as per the actual site layout to ensure the health and safety of workers by minimising workplace risks. The sit specific TCP should show the actual layout of temporary road signs and devices to warn and guide traffic past, around and through the work site safely.
There is a missing link – standard TCPs from most Traffic Control manual or newly designed TCPs may need to be modified by site staff to make it suitable for the nature of work undertaken (e.g. road maintenance, traffic light repair, bridge works, road construction, work along rail corridors, detours, utility excavation works, traffic switch, landscaping work beside roads, etc.). It must also be suitable for the site condition at time of work (i.e. number of lanes, posted speed, sight distance, lighting conditions, traffic flow, day or night work, etc.).
It is an offence not to have the correct TCP as per the actual layout and in relation to the work hazards to road users and workers. Incorrect or poorly implemented TCP would not provide a safe place of work and could also place road users at risk of injury/harm.
Workers on site very frequently are required to modify TCPs on site and find it difficult to do once out in the field/site. The TCP stickers designed by Ezy TCP will allow workers to do so efficiently and quickly.
The traffic control layout would include different temporary road sign symbols and devices (e.g. flashing arrow boards, safety fencing/barriers, portable traffic signs, etc.). The TCP have to reflect and be drawn specifically to suit each site and each work activity.
This proven method would give organisation flexibility and peace of mind to know that TCPs that are not suitable for site can now be modified immediately by site staff without delay.
It provides for greater flexibility and compliance to WHS requirements and Traffic Control audits.
Small and medium size traffic control organisations would not have to come out with high cost of computer generated TCPs or require staff with computer skills. It meets the need that is currently void of a meaningful method of generating appropriate TCP out in the field/rural areas.
Ezy TCP stickers provide and easy and effective way to modify TCP in the absence of computers and printers in the field, (away from depot and office). It provides another methodology of putting together an appropriate TCP as required by safe systems of work to ensure compliance with WHS legalisations.
From experience it has been identified that organisations are finding it difficult to have site-specific TCP prior to the commencement of work on site when working away from the convenience of modern office equipment. In addition, majority of the field staff are often inexperienced or intimidated with computers.
Some Traffic Control Contractors find the cost of providing computer generated traffic control plans expensive and having a negative impact on profit margins for the ever shrinking operational cost they work with.
The requirement imposed by Road Authorities is that all organisations that undertake road, bridge, railway, utility and traffic facilities work are required to comply with Specifications on ‘Control of traffic’ to effectively control and manage traffic through, pass or around the work area safely.