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ATC Non-Specific Multiple - Site Method Statement
Only experienced and permanent staff are employed to install, monitor & remove automatic traffic counting apparatus (ATC). Suitable personal equipment is provided for the use of persons carrying out installation & removal work.
This includes reflective jackets and trousers. Should any accidents/incidents that may occur on site are reported and recorded in the accident book at the appropriate office. The relevant Highway Authority is always informed prior to installation of the equipment. Conditions and restrictions imposed by the Highway Authority are accommodated with the arrangements. In this instance we often conduct a site visit to assess the site suitability and specific safety requirements. The assessment takes into account site visibility with regard to advance warning signage that will be deployed.
This method statement pertains to the installation of temporary ATC monitoring apparatus utilising pneumatic tubes stretched over the carriageway to record directional vehicle movements.
Traffic Management (General)
All traffic control and safety measures to be carried out in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual 2009. All work will be planned, controlled, supervised by the site operational team that consists of two operatives per site at any one time. They in turn will control setting up of any traffic management necessary, every site vehicle has a minimum of three amber warning strobes / beacons visible throughout 360 degrees, painted yellow in colour, if over 3 ˝ tonnes are fitted with rear mounted directional arrows (diag. 610) and applied with retro-reflective tapes on rear. In addition all vehicles have a fitted mobile and all operatives shall wear safety clothing complying with BS/EN/471 when working at the location.
Traffic Management (Setting Up)
Many ATC installations on quieter roads can be regarded as short duration working and in this circumstance the protective cover of a vehicle can often suffice. However, on high-speed roads and/or on high flow roads a more comprehensive arrangement is necessary. Following our site visit and appraisal we do not anticipate the following as the equipment will be installed during the late evening periods. Should it be necessary then signs will be located on the edge of the carriageway at the required locations with protection by a crash cushion vehicle where appropriate starting with the advance “Men at Work” sign. All signs will be weighted with sandbags for safety and the cones will be laid out along the channel over the length of the works and then Island site constructed with crash cushion vehicle protecting workforce.
Noise risk assessment
Due to the limited time on the roadway per installation the noise risk assessment has been assessed as a low risk.
Manual handling risk assessment
The only manual handling of equipment is the transfer of the electronic logger from the vehicle to the roadside and vice versa. The logger weighs approximately 1kg therefore this part of the job has been assessed as a low risk.
Traffic Management (Removal)
Removal shall be carried out in reverse order of the traffic management procedure given above.
ATC Apparatus (Installation/Inspection/Repair)
The apparatus is tensioned across the Highway and fixed to the surface by either nails or screws (dependant on the surface) at each kerbside, minimising the amount of time an operative is on the “live” carriageway. Apparatus is not attached to the footway unless it is absolutely unavoidable. Where it does so, high visibility tape is deployed to draw attention to the hazard. All work is carried out as expeditiously as is possible, leaving a safe and clean location. The site is periodically inspected to ensure that the site is continually working in a safe manner.
ATC Apparatus (Removal)
When the apparatus is removed, similar procedures set out above are followed. All equipment is removed with any significant damage to the Highway surface being repaired and the site is left completely clear of any debris and returned to the state before installation.