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Caltrans work-zone safety initiative

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Safety News April 25, 2019
At the 2018 Caltrans Safety Summit, Caltrans Director Laurie Berman made a call to action and is implementing three new safety initiatives to end work-zone fatalities in the state.   In the last five years, over 3,000 people nationwide lost their lives in work-zone collisions, and more than 85% of...
I-4 Ultimate improvement project
Safety News February 20, 2019
Three workers sustained minor injuries from a fall that occurred last week while working on the I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla.   The incident took place only four days after construction on the interstate resumed after a worker was killed earlier this month, according to the Orlando Sentinel...
Worker protection from respirable silica difficult even with controls, says study
Safety News February 07, 2019
A study conducted by researchers at the Department of Health at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell has concluded that dangerous levels of respirable silica are difficult to control during chipping and crushing activities even when dust control measures are in place. The study cites risk for...
OSHA silica rule
Worker Protection Article February 05, 2019
Although extensive testing has shown that silica dust emissions from large mills are often below the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica (RCS), sometime referred to as the Silica Rule or Silica Standard, the industry is set on a course to further reduce such...
work-zone safety
Safety 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...
work-zone safety
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...
FDOT survey vehicle
Safety Article January 03, 2018
Collecting pavement condition and performance data is an essential element of transportation asset management.   Departments of transportation (DOTs) are responsible for driving hundreds of thousands of miles each year for such data collection, using both full-sized survey vehicles that run at...
Ergodyne
Worker Protection Products October 24, 2017
Four glove models in Ergodyne’s revamped ProFlex Anti-Vibration Series have been third-party tested to meet ANSI/ISO vibration reduction standards. With three options boasting Advanced Vibration Control (AVC) technology—an innovative glove palm padding designed to reduce shock and dampen vibration...
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Safety 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...
silica rule

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Safety News October 02, 2017
Construction firms will have an extra 30 days to comply with the new, tougher Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for airborne silica on jobsites.   OSHA began enforcing the construction silica regulation on Sept. 23. But Thomas Galassi, acting deputy assistant secretary...
Deep freeze dress
Worker Protection Products September 26, 2017
New N-Ferno jackets and bibs from Ergodyne join forces to help workers dress for the deep freeze. With 3M Thinsulate Insulation and a breathable, wind- and water-resistant 500 denier shell, they allow sweat to escape while keeping snow, rain and wind out—everything cold-weather warriors need to...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) delayed enforcement of the crystalline silica standard for the construction industry to September in order to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

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

Worker Protection News June 22, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) delayed enforcement of the crystalline silica standard for the construction industry to September in order to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.   OSHA issued a...
Watson
Editorial/Commentary Article June 12, 2017
Roadway construction already is a dangerous working environment with over 700 fatalities annually in work zones alone. With connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) beginning to launch on our roadways, workers and motorists will have even more dangers facing them each day. Because the majority of...
Officials set up training events to prevent injuries at Georgia road sites
Safety News March 29, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration, the state of Georgia, local government organizations and employers are partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor one-hour events to train road workers on the dangers of distracted drivers,...
The 3M SecureFit Protective Eyewear 600 Series
Worker Protection Products March 23, 2017
The 3M SecureFit Protective Eyewear 600 Series features anti-fog and anti-scratch coating as well as a variety of lens options. The 3M Pressure Diffusion Temple Technology allows for secure and comfortable fit with the ability to self-adjust to a wide array of head sizes. Features include durable...
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Safety News February 08, 2017
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) has received $2.5 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Work Zone Safety Grant Program. This grant includes opportunities for more than 300 work-zone safety training courses to be held in classrooms across the U.S. over...
The MASH-eligible Zoneguard steel barrier system
Worker Protection Products December 27, 2016
The MASH-eligible Zoneguard steel barrier system reduces trucks, improves installation and relocation time, decreases dead load on bridges and can withstand years of utilization. Contact Hill & Smith Inc. to request a quote today.
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Asphalt News August 01, 2016
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) recently announced the winners of its 2015 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Award, as well as the winners and finalists of its Operational Excellence Awards. Both series of special recognition were made at a special ceremony during the...
Winter Maintenance News November 11, 2015
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transportation Operation and Management LLC (TOM), which is VDOT’s partner in emergency response for the state’s I-77 mountain tunnels, recently hosted a training exercise involving real-world possibilities in effort to draw up emergency response...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
Mobile work zones are used for many road-maintenance operations such as roadway striping, sweeping and minor pothole repair.   The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) includes some guidance for the layout of mobile work zones. A typical layout involves the use of shadow vehicles,...
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