Course Worker

COURSE WORKER
As a Course Worker, you are responsible for; resetting any cones that are hit on course; reporting all cone/gate penalties to the timing trailer via radio; watching for unsafe situations on course.

  1. Come prepared to withstand the elements for up to 2 hours (bring water, jacket, hat, sun-block, etc) Take a bathroom break if needed before you go on course.
  2. Check in with the Chief of Workers or Course Control worker at the beginning of your work assignment/before heading to your work position.
  3. Make sure you know which station number you are working and where it is located. (worker stations are shown on the course map)
  4. Once you arrive at your worker station, determine your stations cone coverage area by speaking with the other worker stations. (or refer to your map if the coverage areas are marked)
  5. Make sure your station has adequate supplies: extra cones, fire extinguisher, radio, and red flag.
  6. Before the first car enters the course, make sure all the cones in your area are in their proper place and periodically check them all during your work shift.
  7. Spread out to cover your area. Don’t cluster together and talk.
  8. SAFETY FIRST! DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON A CAR IN YOUR AREA!!!
  9. Do not use cameras while on a corner station.
  10. Do not use cell phones while on a corner station
  11. Do not sit down or wander away from your station.
  12. Do not pick up hot parts dropped on course because of the risk of burns. Kick them off of the course and pick them up after they have cooled.
  13. Cars may come as quickly as 15-20 seconds. Be alert!! Hustle!
  14. Watch the cones, not the car. As soon as safely possible, check any cone that moved. Reset or replace any cone that moves.
  15. Use hand signals if necessary to communicate with the worker with the radio:
    • ‘Safe’ signal for no penalty
    • ‘Touchdown’ signal for missed gate
    • Hold up penalty cone(s) or fingers to indicate number of penalty cones.
    • Note: Each cone not correctly negotiated in a slalom counts as a gate.
  16. RED FLAG: If any unsafe situations occur (potential close call encounter is developing between cars due to a spin, car breakdown, lost driver, etc) it is your responsibility to throw the red flag to stop all cars on course.
    • Always keep the red flag unfurled.
    • Wave the red flag in the driver’s line of site. (but don’t stand in path of vehicle)
    • Inform other worker stations of the red flag status via radio.
    • Explain to any red-flagged car why they were stopped. They can exit the course either directly or by driving SLOWLY through the remainder of the course. If red flag was NOT because of anything they did, they will get another run.
  17. RADIO: It’s important to understand how to use the radio correctly.
    • Radio should be set to frequency 7.3 (this is also listed inside the radio box)
    • Use the orange talk button to communicate.
    • Don’t use the “Call” button (makes loud chirp/warbling sound and nobody can talk).
    • Always wait to talk for a second after depressing the talk button (otherwise your first few words may get cut off)
    • Face into the wind when talking so that the wind doesn’t blow into the microphone.
    • If your radio “beeps” when you depress the talk button that’s a signal that your batteries are going dead. (some radios now have a battery level display) Call in and someone will bring you replacements.
  18. PENALTY CALL IN: The correct way to call in a penalty is:
    • Station number, penalties, car i.d. (number or description)
      • Example: ‘Station-3, 2-cones on car number 29’
      • Example: ‘Station-2, one gate on red RX-7’
    • Make sure that Course Control repeats/echos back your penalties. If they don’t, try calling in your penalties again.
  19. Do not litter. Take garbage with you when you are done working.

HOW TO DETERMINE IF A CONE PENLTY SHOULD BE ASSESSED
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