The construction industry is an ever-evolving and ever-growing industry. It is important for companies in this arena to stay up-to-date with safety protocols and industry trends. One such trend that has been gaining traction in recent years is the hiring of Off-Duty Police Officers for traffic control instead of traditional flaggers. This decision can drastically ensure the safety of workers, pedestrians, and drivers, as well as protect construction companies from potential legal issues should an accident occur.
In the United States, an estimated 3,400 workers are killed every year due to construction-related accidents. This statistic alone should be enough to convince construction companies of the importance of hiring UPO's for traffic control. Off-Duty Police Officers have extensive training and experience in traffic control, and traffic laws and regulations. This can help reduce the risk of accidents on construction sites. Furthermore, having Off-Duty Police Officers on site can also help protect the company and its employees should bystanders or drivers attempt to disrupt the projects at work.
Statistics also show that construction sites with Off-Duty Police Officers for traffic control are safer for pedestrians, drivers, and workers alike. In a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, it was found that construction sites with Off-Duty Police Officers for traffic control had a 38% lower risk of injury to pedestrians, a 75% lower risk of injury to drivers, and a 77% lower risk of injury to workers.
These statistics clearly show the importance of companies hiring off-duty police officers for traffic control instead of traditional flaggers. Not only is this decision safer for everyone involved, it can also help protect these companies conducting the projects from potential legal issues and liability.
Whether the state or municipal regulations require UPO's or not, the investment in safety is priceless and should be utilized whenever possible. Seattle's Finest has been the top UPO provider in the Seattle area for over 20 years, and can seamlessly and confidently provide you with Off Duty Police Officers that are paid under our payroll and covered under our multi-million dollar liability policy. We never utilize 1099's to provide the largest amount of protection for our clients, employees, and agencies involved.
Are you planning for a job site that will be in need of traffic control services? Seattle's Finest Security and Traffic Control can help! Check out more details HERE