Traffic Control (Flagger)

Traffic Control (Flagger)

This comprehensive course covers the important safety principles for working as a traffic control officer

Vivid Learning
Updated Jun 15, 2024

What you'll learn

  • Identify the importance of proper work methods, physical fitness, professionalism, and clothing regulations.
  • Identify the signs, barriers, flags, STOP/SLOW paddle, and lights employees use at the work site.
  • Recognize where to position himself/herself for optimum safety, how to judge traffic speed and congestion, and regulate it accordingly.
  • State common methods to communicate with other flaggers and the public.
  • Recognize the various types of warning signs, channeling devices, and tapers and how they are set up.
  • Identify the special equipment and precautions associated with night and freeway flagging.
Course Description

“Flaggers”, or traffic control specialists, are exposed each day to one of the most hazardous, high-risk work environments—the American transportation infrastructure.

Major road work is frequently performed in the warm seasons, to account for snow and winter moisture that makes completing road projects difficult, but also at night, so as to inconvenience as few motorists as possible. These factors create a natural dangerous environment for flaggers, but there are many other unpredictable elements that are cause for heightened awareness and concern for personal safety.

The student will recognize general guidelines for traffic control; the signs, barriers, flags, stop/slow paddle and lights used at the work site; clothing regulations; and how to properly position himself/herself for optimum safety. The student will also identify how to judge traffic speed and congestion and regulate traffic accordingly.