SAFETY MEASURES FOR WORKERS IN THE "CONE ZONE"
The most effective method to combat work zone related injuries is through engineering controls such as training, personal protective equipment, speed reduction, barriers, and lighting. The Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), provides specifications for signage, pavement and curb markings; traffic signals; and marking of school zones, bicycle facilities, and highway-rail crossings. It also prescribes temporary traffic control measures for numerous scenarios involving lane closures, lane shifts, detours, shoulder work, median crossovers, mobile operations, and blasting. The MUTCD addresses OSHA construction industry regulations with reference to the operation of vehicles and equipment within an off-highway job site not open to public traffic. A copy of the 2003 edition of the MUTCD can be downloaded from www.fhwa.dot.gov/.