While some ITCPs can be informal and quickly implemented as part of the daily work shift safety briefing, others may need to be more extensive and involve several hours of staff time to develop and implement.
The method of informing workers should be covered in a communications plan. The level of detail included in an ITCP should be consistent with the size of the project and the number and frequency of worker safety risks. For example, items that may be included in the ITCP notes and diagrams for a more complex jobsite include:
• contact information for the general contractor and all subcontractors;
• designated worker and visitor parking areas;
• procedures for orienting independent truck drivers to the activity area/work space and ITCP;
• delineated areas around specific equipment and operations where workers on foot are prohibited;
• designated locations for storing materials and servicing equipment;
• schematic diagrams depicting the movement of workers on foot, work vehicles, and equipment within the activity area;
• descriptions of internal signs and other internal traffic control devices that will be used;
• speed limit for operating vehicles and equipment within the activity area;
• specifications for any lighting that will be required in the activity area;
• description or drawing of how the ITCP relates to the TTC plan;
• a training plan about the ITCP for all site personnel; and
• an operations communications plan including how the ITCP will be monitored and enforced.
Well planned and coordinated ITCPs not only make jobsites much safer for workers on foot, but also increase efficiency. Deliveries , equipment movements, and worker paths are coordinated and executed so the project runs smoothly and efficiently.
Most importantly, ITCPs save lives.
Brad Sant is senior vice president of education and safety at ARTBA.