What is a Traffic Flagger?

As much as you and I both want it to be, flaggers are not the nickname for professional flag football players. I don’t think that job exists. Flaggers are the people on construction sites who control traffic. They are the men and women along roads and highways who help traffic keep flowing through a construction zone, despite a shutdown of lanes. Flaggers often work in teams, with each person controlling the flow of traffic in a certain direction.

Road construction and maintenance projects are being performed each day. As a flagger, you will play a vital role in helping to protect the traveling public as well as your co-workers from the dangers and hazards that are present in highway and road construction projects. Your job is crucial–the safety of the public and the construction or maintenance crew may very well lie in your hands. Why?

Most road construction jobs are performed while traffic is allowed to pass through, thus, heavy equipment, road obstacles, unfinished or rough pavement and other hazards may exist. These hazards present real dangers to the traveling public that is passing through the area. In addition, the crew working on the roadway needs to be protected from the traffic. Construction flaggers coordinate and control traffic around construction sites. This requires the ability to signal traffic, communicate with other flaggers to manage traffic, and to set signs, cones, and other devices used to alert people to the fact that construction is occurring and they need to slow down and wait for directions. Construction flaggers use hand signs, road signs, and radios to interact with each other and with traffic.

You will be responsible for:

  • PROTECTING yourself and your co-workers from traffic that is passing through or around a road construction or maintenance site
  • PROTECTING the traveling public from construction dangers that are present on the construction site
  • GUIDING traffic efficiently through or around a construction site
  • USING your skills and intelligence in all flagging situations

Are you considering a job as a flagger? Watch this video to learn more! Or, reach out to one of our Staffing Associates at 856-582-2353 or email recruiter@sharplinkstaffing.com.