A Traffic Control Inspection Form You Can Download Today

Looking for a traffic control inspection form? You’re in the right place. Managing any roadway project has its share of safety concerns, but managing that safety, especially traffic control, is vital to a successfully safe project.

From construction of buildings to roadwork to hydro or even water or sewage work, if it’s along a roadway, even one less busy, you’ve got to manage the safety of the job site to your best ability. To help you with this task, we’ve created the free and downloadable tool – the Traffic Control Inspection Form.

The Traffic Control Inspection Form, also known as the Traffic Control Inspection Checklist, is vital for documenting traffic controls for any roadside construction or maintenance project. The form details such safety concerns as (but are not limited to):

  • Pavement markings
  • Safety barriers
  • Flagging systems
  • Internal traffic control systems 

If you need a template to complete your company’s roadside traffic control safety audits, this is the form you’ve been looking for in a traffic control systems report. Let’s go over some details to get your company started with traffic control inspections for your roadside project.

Included In The Traffic Control Inspection Form

The Traffic Control Inspection Form is divided into multiple sections to make your traffic control audit as streamlined as possible. These sections include:

  • Administrative – The administrative section of the Traffic Control Inspection Form (TCIF) allows the documentation area to note the inspection location, project and report the identification, and the usual time and date of inspection.
  • Advanced Traffic Warning Systems – The Advanced Traffic Warning System is a vital aspect, if not one of the most significant aspects of traffic controls. This primary safety control section details the everyday items from signage to arrow panels and even sub-sections on non-standard signals.
  • Channelizing Systems – Channelizing Systems to divert traffic flows and add directionality to temporary lanes and areas requires a section of its own, and this is it. It includes everything from upstream taper type to ballasting and other aspects of the channelizing system.
  • Pavement Markings – Pavement marking is often an essential aspect of traffic control systems. When your roadside project includes the need for pavement marking changes, this section is where you can record your audit of said markings.
  • Flagging Systems – Perhaps your Jobsite includes flagging systems as a part of your traffic control operations. Here, in this section, you’ll find the industry-standard flagging auditing questions, including questions regarding your flagging personnel and their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Roadside Safety Systems – Utilizing safety systems for roadside construction or maintenance projects often involves barriers and similar items. The roadside safety systems section allows your roadside Jobsite safety auditors to record their audit findings.
  • Internal Traffic Control Systems – Often, there is a need for segregating areas where inbound vehicular traffic must travel on roadside construction and maintenance projects. Perhaps there is a lane into the Jobsite where vehicle speed transitions are necessary. All the internal construction vehicular traffic control systems are found within this section for your safety inspector’s ease of documentation.
  • Notes And Sign-Off – No inspection form would be complete without a sign-off area. As well it’s noteworthy to mention that each section not only includes a final overall result row, but each sub-section, as well as the entire document, includes plenty of areas for making notes about improvements and such that are found required during the roadside Jobsite traffic control safety audit.

The multi-page inspection PDF we’ve provided includes all of the sections mentioned above, minus the watermark.

How To Use The Traffic Control Inspection Checklist

For best practice, we recommend using the Traffic Control Inspection Form at the appropriate times and ways.

When To Use – The Traffic Control Inspection Checklist is best when inspections occur:

  • Before each shift
  • Before workers arrive on site
  • Before work commences

How To Use – Use the Traffic Control Inspection Form (TCIF), also called the Traffic Control Inspection Checklist (TCIC), in conjunction with your traffic control system plan. The plan must include a basic layout of the roadside project and corresponding instructions for your on-site workers. The plan must also include training for on-site workers and visitors and any contractors or truck drivers who may need access to the site.

3 Tips For Using The Traffic Control Inspection Form

You’ve likely been a part of managing roadside construction and maintenance projects previously, so we’ll assume you know the basics. However, we’ve got three great ideas that, if you look at them the right way, could help improve your Jobsite safety and efficiency and even help improve your company safety culture. Please stick with us; we’ll explain.

  1. Create A Comprehensive Traffic Control Site Plan
  2. The most crucial construction or maintenance project aspect involves the initial planning process. Sometimes traffic control plans don’t prioritize aspects of a job like equipment or talented labor availability, or budgetary requirements often take center stage. No matter the roadside type of project, safety must be an absolute concern whenever there is live traffic nearby.

Did You Know? The average number of deaths per year of workers on roadside construction sites in the United States is 123 lives lost per year. That’s 123 reasons to ensure your traffic control safety audits are substantially adequate. (source)

  1. Include Incident Reporting In Your Jobsite Training
  2. Training workers for safety at any roadside project, whether construction or maintenance, is paramount to your business operations’ success. The smart idea is to include a robust training program that includes the process and procedures required to report incidents. Then, you must include a near-miss or dangerous situation report in your program.
  3. With adequately trained workers on your job site, your workers will aid in reporting and helping to mitigate any further safety concerns that auditors may have previously overlooked. Using different templates such as the Risk Assessment Form, your staff can aid you in supporting strong safety advocacy within your operations.
  4. Consider A Digital Reporting System
  5. There’s nothing wrong with using a good, old-fashioned, printed Traffic Control Inspection Form to complete your roadside project traffic control system safety audits. However, there may be a better solution to a printed document. In the next section, we’ll detail some of the benefits you will find when you try the 1st Incident Reporting digital solution for all your auditing, inspecting, and incident reporting requirements.

A Digital Traffic Control Inspection Process

There’s nothing wrong with downloading our PDF and printing it to suit your traffic control system safety audit before commencing work at your roadside construction or maintenance job site. However, it would be best if you considered something a little higher-tech and much more efficient.

The only thing you need to make a digital reporting solution happen is a smartphone, laptop, or similar device. The 1st Reporting app works on desktops, laptops, and most Android and iOS devices, making it one of the most versatile reporting systems your company can benefit from using.

As almost every person in modern society carries a smartphone, you can take full advantage of the technology your staff is likely carrying already. And you can save a few trees along the way (along with printer ink costs).

Benefits Of Digital Reporting

Several benefits will be noticeable when you adopt a digital reporting solution for your traffic control safety audit. Here are a few of the critical benefits you’re going to find.

  1. Printerless, Paperless, Inkless Reporting – You’ll no longer need to expense the printing, paper, and ink costs of printing countless incident reports of countless types.
  2. Customizable Templates And Forms – One of the concerns with a paper-based reporting system is that any time there is a change in process, procedure, equipment, or even the job site itself, there may be a requirement to improve, upgrade, or even re-do your site inspection forms.
    Well, time is money, and taking time to re-design, reprint, and re-distribute new forms and checklists to your staff each time there is a change can take more time and energy than it may seem worth. With a customizable digital reporting solution, we’ll work with you to ensure your company has the suitable customizations to make your reporting effective and efficient – without reprinting forms.
  3. Automate Processes Like Notification Of Audit Completion – Automate and customize notifications so the right person is notified when the safety audit form is completed. This same process may be applied to any forms, checklists, and templates loaded into your personalized dashboard.
  4. Include Media Capture – As mentioned, there’s nothing wrong with a paper-based reporting procedure. However, you cannot include pictures without printing them. And a picture communicates a thousand words, so how much would a video communicate? With our cloud-based intelligent reporting platform, your inspectors can upload pictures and even videos to include in their reports. 
  5. Share Reports At Lightning Speed – The 1st Reporting app is cloud-based technology. So the reports that are uploaded from the field are accessible to anyone given access to your reporting account, no matter their location (as long as they have internet access).
  6. Pre-Populated Template Library – We’ve got your templates pre-loaded into our app if you’ve got multiple reporting processes. From daily vehicle operator walk-around inspections to visitor screening forms, we’ve got your reporting needs covered.

For more information on how our reporting solution can transform your business’ reporting processes, visit us today at 1st Reporting. Or find the app on Google Play or the Apple App Store.