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Airport Runway Construction Safety

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There are safety concerns and legal requirements for just about any construction project. Projects in and around airports present a huge number of additional challenges and regulations. It can be difficult to be sure that your crew is following regulations.

We've put together a PowerPoint presentation to supplement airport-specific training for construction personnel. The presentation takes you from basic rules infractions, the meaning of markings, lights, and painted markings in the operations area to specific examples of past infractions and their consequences. Violations result in closeout letters, Warning Letters, Letters of Correction, or civil penalty actions. Construction personnel who commit a vehicle/pedestrian deviation may be required to retrain, or may lose authorization to enter the Air Operations area.

The presentation explains the various types of airport barricades that may be used, where they should be placed, and how they should be secured during an airport construction project. We explain the use of Pilot Visual Aids, such as holding positions signs and taxiway lights, and how they should be treated with regard to closures during a construction project. We also discuss how to properly mark closed runways and safety areas.

Finally, the presentation explains how the site should be left post-construction. We discuss the removal of construction debris and unauthorized objects. The presentation also covers pavement lips, ground debris, and other hazardous surface variations.


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