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Safety Article June 11, 2009
Visitors to downtown Houston have probably seen the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County’s (Metro) Red Line. It is a 7.5-mile stretch of light-rail transit (LRT) that links the central business district with Midtown, the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park. What...
Safety Article June 11, 2009
Navigating through work zones that occur within the vicinity of urban freeway interchanges can be particularly challenging to drivers. Numerous existing and temporary guide signs, short auxiliary lane segments, multiple lane exits, high merging traffic and other conditions in the work zones present...
Safety Article April 02, 2008
When the cover came off at Traffic Expo, the phrase “totally tubular” was released back into the atmosphere. Energy Absorption Systems Inc., Chicago, unveiled what will probably be the most talked about work-zone safety innovation in years at the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s (...
Safety Products Article January 22, 2008
Each task on Kenny Construction Co.’s to-do list, regardless of its size, begins each day with a “Take 5 for Safety” meeting. The schedule and scope of work anticipated for the day is carefully outlined, and hazards inherent to these activities are itemized and discussed. The meetings are one way...
Safety Article September 05, 2007
Some safety factors are not as easy to master as wearing high-visibility clothing. Between 70 and 80 pedestrian construction workers are still struck and killed every year by construction vehicles within a work zone. ARTBA named run-overs and back-overs the leading cause of death for roadway...
Work-Zone Article January 10, 2007
The evolution of technology in roadway construction zones can be found in products ranging from giant screens displaying real-time traffic information to tiny, microscopic prisms that reflect an amazing portion of light back to the driver, marking the traffic route more clearly. Though many changes...
Work-Zone Article January 10, 2007
Our nation’s highways see more than 42,000 people lose their lives in roadway-related accidents every year, and more than 1,000 of these fatalities occur in work-zone areas alone. In the battle to lessen this statistic, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)—under the jurisdiction of Section...
Safety Article January 01, 2005
Out with the old, in with the new,” is a cliché that gets plenty of mileage this time of year, but often with good reason. Businesses, like people, tend to reassess priorities and revise game plans as a new year begins. With workplace safety such an absolute priority in the construction...
Safety Article January 01, 2005
The No. 1 state in the nation in terms of the number of fatalities and injuries in highway construction work zones is Texas. According to the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), the high numbers are because of several reasons, including: A longer construction season; An increase in construction...
Safety Article June 16, 2004
Computers and robots may indeed rule the Earth one day. For now, however, it’s all about obeying commands and paying the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. Shane Farritor, a roboticist at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, may have already earned the purple heart in work-zone safety. He...
Safety Article March 16, 2004
With a presidential election coming this fall and a massive six-year surface transportation bill moving through Congress, Washington, D.C., is humming with activity. There is good news for the industry. Both House and Senate transportation bills would significantly boost federal transportation...
Safety Article January 16, 2004
Wilton Watson couldn’t feel his smokeless chewing tobacco. After flying 35 ft into a highway ditch the lone missing sensation was a blessing. It could have been worse--a lot worse. On Nov. 13, 2002, Watson, then a superintendent for D.I.J. Construction Inc., and his crew of six were in the...
Safety Article January 16, 2004
Unflinching attention to safety and sure-handed traffic control plans: these were two quality principles that landed the New Jersey Department of Transportation, designer Parsons-Brinckerhoff and J.H. Reid General Contractor the highest honor bestowed by the National Partnership for Highway Quality...
Safety Article September 26, 2003
In heavy construction and demolition there is always a certain amount of risk to workers. Some common causes included flying debris, poor visibility, collapsing material, falls, inhalation of noxious fumes and exposure to vibration and noise.  Integrating electric remote-controlled equipment into...
Safety Article September 25, 2003
Work-zone safety efforts usually concentrate on keeping workers and traffic separate. Traffic control, signage and barriers are integral parts of every roadway construction project. Yet while highway construction workers are exposed to significant risks on the jobsite, motorist traffic is only half...
Safety Article July 17, 2003
Even a quick review of the causes of injuries and fatalities for roadway construction workers leads to one conclusion--most could be prevented. The good news is most causes of injuries and fatalities can be reduced and perhaps eliminated with just a little more planning. And the news gets even...
Safety Article July 17, 2003
Imagine refinishing all of the hardwood floors in your house, while still living in it. That's very similar to what we are doing during the reconstruction of I-385."  This statement is frequently made by Area Manager Randy Green as he addresses community groups interested in their project. Green is...
Work-Zone Article July 17, 2003
It isn't easy for women to be in construction, according to Nancy Blanchard, a woman who 10 years ago plunged headfirst into the construction world. She had some idea of what it was like to be at a disadvantage in the world from years of experience working in human services. She, her husband, Jim,...
Safety Article July 19, 2002
Dear ROADS & BRIDGES Readers, I would like to give thanks to ROADS & BRIDGES magazine for once again allowing me an opportunity to share what the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) has been actively involved with recently. It’s partnerships like this one that help...
Safety Article July 19, 2002
Roadwork zones induce problems to the traffic flow, decreasing the level of safety. A number of factors come into play including: the type of work, type of road, volume, composition and speed of traffic flow, road alignment, weather conditions and visibility. Roadwork sites increase accident rates...
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