Toolbox Talks

Presented by Mark Solano, CHST. and the Laborers Training School

April 15, 2024

What is the mindset of a Temporary Traffic Control worker?

The mindset of a Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) worker typically revolves around safety, efficiency, and professionalism. Here are some key aspects:

1. Safety First: TTC workers prioritize the safety of both themselves and the public. They are trained to set up, maintain, and dismantle traffic control measures in a way that minimizes the risk of accidents and injuries.

2. Attention to Detail: These workers must pay close attention to detail when setting up traffic control devices such as cones, signs, and barriers. Even small errors or oversights can have significant safety implications.

3. Adaptability: Conditions on the road can change rapidly, so TTC workers need to be adaptable and able to quickly adjust traffic control measures as needed. This could involve responding to changing weather conditions, accidents, or road closures.

4. Communication Skills: Effective communication is essential for TTC workers, as they often need to coordinate with other workers, law enforcement officers, and the public. Clear and concise communication helps ensure that everyone understands the traffic control plan and can navigate safely.

5. Patience and Calmness: Dealing with traffic can be stressful, especially during peak hours or in emergency situations. TTC workers need to remain patient and calm under pressure, focusing on their tasks while also being mindful of the safety of themselves and others.

6. Teamwork: TTC work often involves collaboration with other workers, such as flaggers, supervisors, and construction crews. A strong sense of teamwork and cooperation is essential for ensuring that traffic control measures are implemented effectively.

7. Regulatory Knowledge: TTC workers need to have a good understanding of traffic laws and regulations governing temporary traffic control. This knowledge helps them make informed decisions and ensure compliance with relevant standards and guidelines.

Overall, the mindset of a TTC worker is one of responsibility, diligence, and commitment to ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic through work zones.


Mark Solano, CHST.

Laborers Training School Safety Officer

I entered the construction industry in the summer of 1979, faced with a choice from my father, who was president of Local 652 at the time: go to college or join the Laborers. I chose the Laborers.  

I attended the Laborers Training School in Anza during the summer of 1980. Throughout my career, I worked with several respected companies, including Granite, Silverado, and Full Traffic Maintenance. 

My passion for safety ignited during my time at Granite and I later assumed the role of Safety Manager at Griffith Company. This journey led me to serve on the subcommittee for Laborers Local 652 in Santa Ana in a management capacity.  

It was there that I first learned of the position of Safety Officer at the Laborers Training School. Recognizing it as my calling, I embraced the opportunity to be part of a program that imparts knowledge ,experience, and safety values to young apprentices. It's both an honor and privilege to serve Laborer Local unions and contractors across Southern California.

"The path of safety and service is a rewarding one, built on sharing knowledge, experiences, and shaping a safer tomorrow."