Lafarge Tarmac was seeking an effective way to improve the visibility of banksmen and the clarity of instructions they were giving to drivers. This was important as surfacing work often takes place at night, on live highways with delivery vehicles often being required to reverse and manoeuvre within a limited area with other plant working in close proximity.
Following research they have developed a super bright, compact and lightweight traffic wand which is effective at over 300 meters and has a magnetic base enabling it to be mounted to stationary metallic objects/vehicles and a useful white LED torch function. The banksman can change the wands colour reinforcing the instruction being given.
A programme of training sessions has been implemented involving site supervisors, banksmen, plant operators and delivery drivers on the use of the ‘Traffic Safety Wand.’
• Visibility of banksmen and instructions significantly enhanced
• Reduced risks of injury to banksmen
• Reduced risk of collisions and other incidents when vehicles manoeuvring
• Improved traffic management on the site