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  Safety Requirements

Ministry of Transportation personnel make sincere efforts to ensure health and safety in our workplaces, including in Transportation-controlled lands and right-of-ways. In construction, rehabilitation and maintenance, controls and upgrades, and assemblies and displays, the Ministry complies with all applicable Health and Safety legislation, standards and specifications. We expect the same due diligence of contractors, partners and others working on one of our right-of-ways. As such, the permittee is the prime contractor for the work described by the permit, at the work location described in the permit. For more information about duties and obligations which fall to the prime contractor refer to the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

Due to the potential location of job activities, and issues specific to site operations, working on or near the right-of-way brings many potential hazards. Everyone associated with a job site should know of the inherent dangers on provincial highways. Site factors that can present hazards and/or complicate the activity include:

  • overhead or underground utilities (gas leaks, electricity, etc.)
  • surrounding businesses and land use
  • vertical edges
  • working over or near water
  • rock fall, avalanches and geotechnically unstable terrain
  • culverts, manholes, excavations or other confined spaces
  • dangerous or decadent trees
  • wildlife
  • traffic
  • chemical exposure
  • sharp or infectious litter

The Ministry requires traffic control management plans if work on the right-of-way will affect the flow of traffic. For more information on traffic control, go to Traffic Control.