Work on or near a public road

As a PCBU, if your workers are working on or near a public road there are some extra risks you must consider. Make sure you contact your local road authority for advice before you start work on a public road. 

If you have workers on or near a public road, you must consider extra risks.  If temporary traffic management measures are required, you should consider: 

  • the circumstances of the work 

  • the work being undertaken, and 

  • the volume and proximity of the traffic to the workplace. 

Common traffic controls include the use of: 

  • signs 

  • speed limits 

  • traffic cones 

  • barricades, and 

  • traffic controllers. 

Safe work method statements 

Working on or next to a public road is classified as high risk construction work. Before you commence this work, you, as a PCBU, must write a safe work method statement.