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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Managing Traffic for a Large Event

Posted by The Universal Group on Nov 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Ever heard of Nagar Kirtan? This Punjabi term loosely translates into singing holy hymns in the neighbourhood. The concept is to bring the message of God to the community’s doorstep and events of this nature are especially popular during the month of Vaisakhi (Sikh New Year).

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Topics: flagging, traffic management, events

A Day in the Life of a Field Supervisor

Posted by The Universal Group on Jul 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In a nutshell, a Traffic Control Field Supervisor ensures that Traffic Control Persons and Lane Control Technicians stay safe and follow all regulations because the risks of working in the elements amidst moving traffic can never be overlooked.

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Topics: professional development, flagging, traffic management

What Can Universal Group Do For You?

Posted by The Universal Group on Jun 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Yes, we’re experts in flagging and traffic control, but we’re so much more.

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Topics: health and safety, professional development, training, temporary labour, staffing, temporary staffing, construction, flagging, traffic management, hospitality, jobs, commercial landscaping, events, building, contractor problems

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Posted by The Universal Group on Apr 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Since its inception in the 1940s, the traffic cone quickly gained fame around the world (not an easy feat in the ages before the internet and social media). Known as a pylon, witches’ hat, road cone, safety cone, or channelling device, everybody became familiar with the orange cone and the message of caution it carries. From towns to cities in Asia and Europe to the Americas, the cone became a common sight on the road. In fact, on a list of America’s most iconic inventions, the ever-popular traffic cone is never far from the top. But who invented it, anyway?

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Topics: flagging, traffic management

What is a Traffic Management Plan?

Posted by The Universal Group on Feb 13, 2018 4:04:25 PM

In constructing roadways, safety is paramount. It is crucial that your workers are safe along with the citizens that may surround your work. In British Columbia, creating a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is essential.

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Topics: flagging, traffic management

How Much Authority Does a Traffic Control Person Have?

Posted by The Universal Group on Feb 1, 2018 12:30:00 PM

In every construction site on the road, you will see people with traffic signs and safety vests controlling the directions of pedestrians and automobiles. They are known as Traffic Control Person (TCPs), or flaggers. Even though you’ve come across them frequently, you might not be familiar with what their responsibilities are and how much authority they have on the road. They are critical resources for keeping our roads and pedestrians safe, so it’s good to know what their job entails. Here is a little guide.

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Topics: flagging, traffic management

How to Find the Right Flagging Company

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 12, 2018 1:10:40 PM

Overseeing the planning, design, management and construction of a project is no easy feat. If a construction project is taking place on or close to the streets, the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, drivers, and people with disabilities must be considered. The government requires all projects that will interfere with road usage and safety to employ flagging and traffic control services throughout the work sites. It is crucial to employ the right flagging and traffic control company to meet traffic management guidelines, project goals and the safety of the road users.

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Topics: flagging, traffic management

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