Far too many service operators remain conscious of their reputation. That is not a bad thing in this competitive environment of today. But what better and more noble way to get people to sit up and take note when you are at the forefront of preventing harmful accidents. Whether they do this out of a conscious choice or are regulated to do so, most public space operators have the use of flagger assistance.
Today, many of the road awareness systems in use are centered on the operation of an automated flagger assistance device. It is generally being used to manage single lane closures and other logistics typical to busy road traffic lanes. But depending on the time of the day, this could be peak traffic hours, or the kind of operation being carried out, it is usually a construction project that needs to be completed within a tightly driven timeframe, and knowing the differences between available flagger assistance systems or devices could set the business off in the reputable direction of saving lives.
Putting the most appropriate devices into operation could be tantamount to leading by example. A signal flagger is operated autonomously by radio. It can also be managed manually through a handheld remote control device. Fortunately, whether the device is handled manually or autonomously, matters not, because traffic control remains in the hands of the device user. Today’s signal flaggers can also be combined with exterior signal systems to service unseen side roads, driveways and the thoroughfares of neighboring businesses in close proximity to the construction site.
The best signal flaggers available for use will be carrying the stamp of approval from the federal NCHRP. So, follow the rules and you still save lives.