Most Common Traffic Management Mistakes

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Ensuring the safe, timely and efficient movement of vehicles and pedestrians is critical for any construction site or workplace environment with active traffic areas. Particularly in highly built-up areas, effective traffic flow is integral to maintaining the safety of all personnel and equipment on-site. However, lapses in traffic management can quickly lead to disruptions, hazards and even injuries if not properly addressed. Ranging from vehicle collisions and accidents to traffic jams and overcrowding of dense areas, the importance of stringent traffic management and control cannot be underestimated.

At Maltaward, we understand what the consequences of poor traffic control look like. With decades of providing robust, reliable, and tested security products from concrete jersey barriers to steel Heras fencing, coupled with our experience delivering perimeter security solutions, it’s fair to say we understand what constitutes proper traffic management. Here are some of the most frequent and overlooked traffic management pitfalls to avoid, based on our experience and market knowledge.

Inadequate Signage and Barrier Visibility

One of the most overlooked aspects of effective traffic management (and yet one of the simplest to rectify) is clear, visible signage. When used in conjunction with quality security fencing and barriers, unobstructed and prominently positioned signs help to command attention and reinforce safety protocol.

Installing warning signs and clear instructions alongside heavy-duty steel MANTA barriers or concrete blocks immediately conveys the need to be cautious and safe.

Overlooking Pedestrian Segregation

Ensuring space for moving vehicles, heavy machinery, and bulky items can become more of a priority than pedestrian access. However, while their presence may be limited, it’s vital to ensure that there are dedicated pedestrian access zones, walking areas, and perimeter barriers in place to prevent unsafe exposure to (often fast-moving) vehicles and risking injury.

Insufficient Traffic Flow and Parking Planning

Failing to map out expected traffic patterns with designated entry and exit points can often create disorganised and unsafe driving conditions. Care needs to be given to barrier and fencing placement so all vehicles, whether stationary or moving, can enter and exit without disrupting free-flowing pedestrian or vehicle traffic. Incoming and outgoing lanes using semi-permanent interlocking concrete blocks or plastic barriers can ensure a more seamless operation.

Cutting Costs on Substandard Traffic Control Equipment

Opting for substandard or poor-quality equipment is pennywise and pound-foolish. Using anything less than sturdy, resilient, reinforced, and heavy-duty concrete barriers, steel fencing, and signage that can withstand impact or inclement weather leaves you exposed to failures and liability risks.

Investing (that’s the key word here) in vehicle-rated traffic control products from a specialist supplier like Maltaward – even for temporary hire and not full-time purchase – will provide your environment with the robust security it needs.

Overlooking Risk Assessments

If site and operations managers fail to regularly inspect and assess an environment’s safety setup judiciously, they could be opening it up to potential hazards, risks, and dangers. Commissioning a third party, independent audit and risk assessment of a site can help identify issues they may have overlooked, which may not have come to light beforehand. If multiple parties cast their eyes on a traffic control system, any potential lapses can be caught before they spiral into dangerous hazards and injury concerns.

Maltaward’s Traffic Safety Solutions

From heavy-duty TVCBs to metal fencing and steel road plates, Maltaward offers a complete suite of traffic control measures and crowd management equipment for robust and reliable protection.

Don’t take chances with low-quality products or poor planning – protect your equipment, personnel, and assets by contacting the security and traffic safety experts at Maltaward today.

Bill G
Bill G
1 July 2024
Very good customer service, competitive price and good communications. Delivery driver was safety conscience, careful and efficient. When I was uncontactable for the 2nd delivery and driver needed access to the sluice through security gates, Maltaward contacted our "national customer contact centre" who provided a contact number and the delivery was made. A big thank you to the company and driver for their persistence and patience. Would highly recommend this company.
Steph Davies
Steph Davies
2 November 2023
I have been using Maltaward for about 12 years, mostly using their traveller eviction services. They have always been very helpful and easy to deal with. No fuss, just get the job done! More recently in my new company, I have brought them in to use utilised their vacant security services. They have worked with me to provide the correct service for our specific requirements. They have a common sense approach to everything. I really cannot recommend the team enough. They have been without a doubt the best security company I have been involved with.
Tom Lampard
Tom Lampard
2 November 2023
Everyone, and I mean everyone!, from the office team to the guys that drop the barriers, at Maltaward is very responsive, polite and genuinely helpful! I have used them at several sites and they have never let me down!
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Syanne Mara
23 January 2023
Amazing service as always with a quick response time. Maltaward always have a solution to all problems and execute any works or requirements swiftly and thoroughly.
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Julie Curtis
23 January 2023
Excellent product & delivery. We have ordered from Maltaward several times and we can't fault them.
21 November 2022
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Ian Rhoden
26 August 2022
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Declan Goldie
9 August 2022
I have used maltaward for years. Jim has been very helpful throughout this time. Thanks
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Sally Atkins
1 July 2022
Just wanted to say a big thankyou to your driver Del, although he didn’t like nettles :) he carried out the job with no bother. Would highly recommend Maltaward

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