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If you're looking for a career in the construction field that
typically doesn't require much heavy lifting and has a career
outlook that is growing faster than average, then you may want to
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Flagging & Traffic Control In a
Flaggers are arguably one of the most important roles for
commuters and construction workers on a job site. They are the eyes
and ears of a busy, and potentially dangerous construction work
zone. By using their hands, paddles, flags or light wand, traffic
controllers safely and efficiently guide oncoming and exiting
motorist and pedestrians as they pass through developing roads and
Why Flaggers are needed
In construction sites where lanes are closed beyond the sight of
a commuter, flaggers are placed at each end of the closed lanes,
and in between, to safely guide traffic through construction sites
or point them to alternate routes. Flaggers may also be called to
work during power outages usually caused by storms or natural
disasters to help guide and direct traffic.
How Flaggers Get the Job Done
Depending on the job site, distance, and time of day, flaggers
are equipped with the following while on the job:
Reflective Safety Vest: Flaggers are
dressed in reflective gear to be seen by oncoming traffic.
Radios: Radios and walkie-talkies are
used by flaggers to communicate with each other and workers onsite
for traffic clearance, job status and job requirements.
Traffic Signalers: It's not uncommon to see
flaggers using their hands to administer traffic, but more common
than their hands, flaggers are often seen withStop&Slow
paddles, flags and light wands and night.
Types of Flaggers
Although it is considered the most popular and sought after
flagging job, construction
flagging is not the only flagging position. Other flagging jobs
- Police Flagging
- Maritime Flagging
- Racecar Flagging
While on the Job
Flaggers are expected to pay close attention to details and stay
alert all while making safety their number one priority. Keeping
both motorist and workers safe may often result in flaggers
performing other duties such as driving a pilot truck to lead
motorist through longer construction sites and setting up taking
down traffic cones amongst other things.
What It Takes
To become a flagger no prior education or experience is
needed. However, flaggers are required to be certified by
their state and must have their license in their possession while
performing their job.
Preferred Skills /Experience
Alert and Ability to Communicate Effectively
Tools on the Job
Paddles, Flags, Light Wand and Signs; Radio / Walkie-Talkie
Helmets, Reflective Vest, Steel Toed Boots
Outdoors and Mostly Standing
Expected to grow 25% faster than average through 2022