Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

All You Need to Know About Construction Site Traffic Control

Construction & Contractors Blog

Does your construction site have a traffic management plan? If it does not, your employees and third parties could be at risk of accidents. Unknown to many contractors, traffic control is an essential safety protocol at any site. Below is a guide discussing what traffic control is and the various elements of an effective traffic control plan. 

What is a traffic control plan?

A traffic control plan is a document detailing how traffic flows in your construction site. Its primary objective is to ensure organisation and prevent accidents at the site. For instance, imagine a situation where a truck dumping materials at the site is hit by an excavator working nearby. Alternatively, one of your employees could get hit by a speeding truck driver. A traffic control plan will help prevent such incidences. 

An effective traffic control plan details the following. 

Site access and exit

If possible, your site should have a separate entrance and exit. It helps prevent traffic snarl-ups caused by congestion at the access points. If this is not possible, the site should have traffic scouts to monitor the access point. Typically, they should stop outgoing traffic to allow incoming vehicles or vice versa. Besides, the marshals will also warn other road users of a turning heavy vehicle. 

Vehicles allowed at the site

A cause of accidents and traffic snarl-ups in most construction sites is that every vehicle is allowed inside the site. The result is that trucks do not have sufficient turning space and are forced to reverse to the access point. As a result, you suffer downtime and inconvenience, other road users. You can avoid this by restricting site personnel from bringing their vehicles to the site. Alternatively, you could have a designated parking space for their cars. Additionally, remove idle plant equipment and trucks from the site.  

Plant equipment operation

Train all site employees on the operation of plan equipment. For example, they should be aware of the operator's blind spots. Additionally, they should know the direction that the equipment is turning. As a rule, they should have reflective jackets to keep them visible. The plant operators must observe the limits of the equipment. For example, they should not overload them or use them for the wrong applications. 

Site lighting and signage

Safety signage will inform your employees and visitors of any risks at the site. For instance, you should warn them about pits, loose chippings and unstable soils. Additionally, you should have a speed limit sign to prevent overspeeding. Ample lighting will help prevent accidents and keep the signage visible at night. 

An experienced traffic control company will help out with the various elements of the traffic control plan. Besides, they will make regular amendments to suit changing site conditions. 


18 May 2021