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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...
Pennsylvania to reduce work-zone accidents with speed-detection cameras
Safety News January 26, 2017
Pennsylvania lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would encourage drivers to apply the brakes when entering active work zones.   The state’s Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would establish a five-year pilot program of installing speed-detection cameras in...
OSHA updates rules to reduce fall and trip hazards
Safety News November 21, 2016
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued final revised rules for its walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards, a change the agency estimated will affect 112 million workers at 7 million job sites.   The agency said the biggest change is that employers will...
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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...
ITS in work zones continues to grow
Safety Article June 08, 2016
One year, Life magazine dubbed it, “the loneliest road in America.”   It was Nevada’s U.S. Rte. 50, and to this day it still can oftentimes be a vast desert wasteland that surrounds hundreds of miles of lonely asphalt. At times, traveling this road can be so mundane that a motorist might innocently...
Safety News September 15, 2015
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will continue to provide highway work zone safety training classes in 2016, funded by a new federal safety grant the association earned.  The association will use the $120,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer...
Safety News June 29, 2015
Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes in their construction work zones during the past year, according to a highway work zone study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).   The results of the study also urge drivers to take extra precautions as...
Safety News June 12, 2015
A state Division of Highways (DOH) worker was killed in a work zone after being struck by an “out-of-control” vehicle in Wood County, W.V., on U.S. Route 50.   Police said Randall W. Bland, 49, died of serious leg injuries and seven other people were taken to hospitals including a second DOH worker...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
Nighttime work zones along roadways can be challenging environments for workers and drivers alike. Setting up and taking down the trailer-mounted light towers used by many construction workers is time-consuming and tedious. Aiming the lights on these towers to maximize visibility while preventing...
Safety Article June 09, 2015
Closely spaced driveways in a Florida work zone.   Identifying business driveways in a roadway construction zone can be difficult, particularly at night.   Darkness can mask visual cues that are available to help drivers during the daytime. In addition, the driveway drums are the same as all the...
Work-Zone Article June 09, 2015
Longitudinal pavement markings include edge lines, centerlines and lane lines on multilane roadways. While pavement markings have been in use for more than 100 years now and their inherent value generally goes unchallenged, there are still key unknowns when trying to quantify the benefits of...
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,...
New app helps visually impaired pedestrians traverse work-zone areas
Safety Article January 05, 2015
Navigating work zones can be challenging for all pedestrians. However, it’s especially difficult for people who are blind or visually impaired. Due to differences in spatial perception as compared to sighted travelers, people with vision impairment usually encounter physical or information barriers...
Framework determines when to turn to ITS in zones
Safety Article June 24, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are being increasingly deployed in work zones to improve traffic operations and safety.   Also known as smart work-zone systems, these deployments provide real-time information to travelers, monitor traffic conditions and manage incidents. Despite numerous...
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Work-Zone Article June 15, 2014
It is just before 6 a.m. when you are awakened by the phone. Annoyed that someone would call you at such an early hour, you answer thinking, “what could be so important?”   Your world begins to spin when you learn your spouse has been killed by a motorist while working on a nearby roadway...
Safety News April 07, 2014
Forty-five percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work-zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials added that the study found work-...
Safety News June 17, 2013
As the summer construction season gets underway, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has implemented a trio of new safety tools to protect both motorists and highway workers.   Automated Flagger Assistance Devices (AFADs) will feature prominently in work zones across the state, according...
Work-Zone News April 16, 2013
Thirty-eight percent of highway contractors had motor vehicles crash into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work-zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials added that the study found...
Safety Article June 11, 2009
Take a quick look around. Unless you’re somehow reading in the dark, you can see objects surrounding you, and it’s all thanks to an incredible phenomenon known as light. Although it would be exceedingly difficult to function without it, light is a resource that is often taken for granted....
Safety Article June 11, 2009
Since 1935, the Huey P. Long Bridge has served the residents of greater New Orleans and its visitors as a main artery in and out of this historic city. The bridge provides passage across the Mississippi River for thousands of vehicles every day. But now, as post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction...
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