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News November 12, 2018
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced their top 10 most-cited safety violations list for fiscal year 2018.   The list covers violations that OSHA issued between Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018, but the data is preliminary. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of...
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Figure 1. TMA light configurations investigated in the study.

Article September 04, 2018
As state departments of transportation (DOTs) shift their attention towards maintenance of existing infrastructure, improving safety in both stationary and mobile work zones is becoming more of a consideration.   One countermeasure to help improve safety in mobile work zones is the truck-mounted...
RoadQuake TPRS deployed in work zones reduce crashes and save lives

RoadQuake TPRS deployed in work zones reduce crashes and save lives

Case Studies August 31, 2018
On February 8, 2017, KTVN TV reported a fatal work-zone crash:   “…a 2006 black Freightliner semi was traveling southbound where it was approaching traffic being halted by a flagger in a construction zone. [Nevada Highway Patrol] says a 2000 red Ford F-150, 2015 white Toyota 4Runner, and 2007 beige...
MnDOT flagger

A MnDOT flagger holds up a sign to warn drivers entering the work zone.

Article June 01, 2018
The night a minivan barreled through his crew’s work-zone closure is one Erik Shelstad will never forget.   That evening, the experienced Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) operations supervisor was overseeing a mill-and-fill project on a three-lane interstate. Shelstad’s crew had set...
FIU pedestrian bridge collapse investigation
News May 25, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the agency's ongoing investigation of the pedestrian bridge collapse that took place at Florida International Univerisity (FIU) on March 15 in the city of Sweetwater.   According to the report, the 174-ft-long bridge fell...
RAPTOR demonstrates TPRS deployment at PTC

RAPTOR demonstrates TPRS deployment at PTC

Case Studies April 26, 2018
Traffic engineers at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) first tested RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strips (TPRS) in live work zones in September and October of 2015. Their goal was to determine if TPRS arrays would increase driver awareness and alertness in their work zones.  ...
work-zone distracted driving campaign
News April 16, 2018
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) last week launched a multimedia messaging campaign to highlight the dangers to road crews in work zones.   NAPA unveiled the "WatchForUs" campaign, which targets distracted driving, for National Work Zone Awareness Week observed April 9‒13. The goal...
work-zone safety
News April 12, 2018
Beginning this year, work zones in the state of Virginia will have rumble strips, a safety tool that will be used to capture the attention of drivers as well as alert workers to cars entering a work zone, according to officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).   VDOT officials...
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News March 26, 2018
Many bridge experts believe accelerated bridge construction is not the culprit of the FIU bridge collapse that claimed six lives. In the latest Infrastructure Insider podcast, hear from University of Washington Professor John Stanton, who specializes in ABC. To listen to the podcast, click here. 
I-4 Ultimate Orlando
News March 26, 2018
An I-4 Ultimate construction worker has died after a rebar cage fell and struck him in Orlando, officials said.   SGL Constructors, the P3 joint venture operating the project on I-4, said Michael Tolman, 56, died after being struck around 9:45 a.m. Thursday at an I-4 west on-ramp at South Street...
FIU bridge collapse
News March 23, 2018
Before workers began adjusting support cables at the north end of the Florida International University (FIU) bridge that collapsed and killed six people last week, they performed the same work at the opposite end of the bridge, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement...
FIU bridge collapse investigation
News March 21, 2018
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the inspector general of her department to probe whether a federally funded pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six in Florida complied with all rules, her office said on Tuesday.   Chao said in a letter she has asked for an audit to determine...
Bridge collapse

NTSB officials have still not been able to access the FIU bridge accident site. AP Photo

News March 16, 2018
As rescue workers continued recovery efforts at the site of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in the city of Sweetwater on Friday, officials were waiting to get a chance to do their job.   At least six have been confirmed dead and more may be pulled from the rubble...
LaneGard 3 Folding Type III Barricade is designed for emergency road closures.

LaneGard 3 Folding Type III Barricade is designed for emergency road closures.

Case Studies March 07, 2018
After a storm hit northeastern Ohio on March 1, 2018, an estimated 80,000 people lost electrical power as a result. High winds, gusting as strong as 50 mph, brought many power lines down, and numerous road closures were reported throughout the area. The storm, severe enough to earn its own name,...
work-zone lighting
Article January 03, 2018
In 2016, there were over 288 nighttime crashes in work zones, resulting in over 800 fatalities.   Increasing traffic volumes are leading to a rapid increase in nighttime construction activities on our roads. This increase in nighttime construction on highways poses a major safety concern for both...
crane

Image: ALL Family of Companies

News November 13, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule last week that delayed its deadline for crane operators to be certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.   OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely...
I-76 Work zone
Case Studies November 02, 2017
As the prime highway contractor, Shelly & Sands recently installed temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS) in a work zone in Mahoning County, Ohio. The concrete joint repair project was located on I-76/I-80 eastbound, between Bailey Road and the Ohio Turnpike, in the Warren-Youngstown area.  ...
NIOSH

Image source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

News October 23, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released interim enforcement guidance for its Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which is to be enforced in full on Oct. 23.   The guidance was issued Oct. 19 in a memorandum to OSHA regional administrators from...
work-zone safety
News October 18, 2017
In a new study funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, researchers at the University of Minnesota investigated the potential advantages and possible disadvantages of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) in-vehicle messages to communicate to drivers traveling in work zones.   The...
Saferoads WA tests
Case Studies October 13, 2017
Saferoads Australia, located near Melbourne in the state of Victoria, provides road safety solutions to Australia, New Zealand and the international road safety market. The company recognized the need for a solution to enhance driver awareness in work zones in order to keep road crews safe on...
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