October 3, 2017 6:09 pm

B.C. traffic flaggers call for better training

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The head of the B.C. Flaggers’ Association is calling for better training for his members.

Flaggers currently only get two days of training prior to earning a ticket to work, according to association executive director Curtis Williams.

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Four or five days of training in a monitored situation would be better, said Williams.

“At the end of the day it’s going to benefit everyone,” Williams said.

“The more training that the people have before they go to work, the less down time for mistakes, injuries and everyone is happier at the end of the day.”

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Williams said a new manual for flaggers is currently being introduced, which includes new regulations governing signage.

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“I think we’re all on the same page with the expectation that more training needs to happen prior to people getting on the road,” Williams said.

“Leaving it up to the employers is great, but we need to make sure there is consistency across the board.”

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In the past year, there have been several incidents of flaggers being hit by vehicles, including a high profile hit and run captured on video.

The driver in that incident was arrested earlier this summer and is facing multiple charges.

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