Traffic Safety Products to Help Keep the Construction Site Safe

Planning is critical for maintaining safety for the public and the workers before, during and after road construction. Traffic Control Plans and Internal Traffic Control Plans will be necessary, and often required. This planning process will highlight the need for traffic safety products.

Before Road Work Begins

Governmental entities will require a traffic control plan before construction begins. The purpose of the traffic control plan is to clearly describe traffic patterns and placement of devices through the different phases of the construction. Safety of the vehicles, walking pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers are of primary concern.

Additionally, a construction site may develop an Internal Traffic Control Plan. This plan is to define safe traffic patterns within the construction site, separate from the public traffic defined by the Traffic Control Plan to support that plan.

Below we cover some of the traffic safety products useful for both within the construction site and out on the public side of the site.

High Visibility Apparel

To reduce risk, the construction workers should wear proper safety apparel. Without proper apparel, they are at a tremendous risk of not being seen by a driver. Construction workers can easily blend in to the background. The proper safety vests will increase the well being of the construction workers.

school-crossing-guard-safety-vest-class-2The safety vests that are the best choice are called High-Visibility Safety Apparel. The vests should meet the standard safety apparel requirements of ISEA “American National Standard for High-Visibility Apparel”. The apparel should be properly labeled as meeting the ANSI 107-1999 standard performance for Class 2.

Pedestrian crossing signs

Pedestrians and motorists are better protected with in-street pedestrian crossing signs. The pedestrian can readily see the restricted safe access within the traffic pattern. And, the motorist is made aware of the marked pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrian crosswalk signsThe pedestrian crossing sign has different design alternatives. Available options are portable and fixed base. During the construction phase, the portable base provides convenient transportability. Whereas, the fixed base would be easy to install on the street and is used in more permanent situations.

Coroplast signs

When considering temporary signage within the construction site, an excellent material to use is Coroplast. This material enables a lightweight sign that is durable and weather resistant at an affordable price, even in low quantities. These signs can be made custom to meet the specific requirements of the situation.

Coroplast® is a registered trademark of Coroplast, LLC. The term coroplast has become a generic term for all corrugated plastic because of its popularity. It has the appearance of plastic cardboard. This is the key to its light weight and resistance to different weather conditions.

Striping

Stripe PaintThe new or repaired road will need to be safely marked. A long-lasting traffic marking paint specifically formulated for line striping over freshly coated asphalt is STRIPE® EXTRA TRAFFIC MARKER. Traffic ready in 60 minutes and VOC compliant.

Compliance to standards for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) is important for environmental reasons and compliance with certain government regulations. The purpose is to reduce ozone harming emissions. Emissions can be reduced by  switching to low VOC content coatings.

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At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide traffic safety products. Contact us at Traffic safety Direct and let us know how we may be able to assist you.

Signs That are Lightweight, Weatherproof and Reusable are Great for Outdoor Sporting Events

Summer is approaching. Now is the time when the weekend sports enthusiasts are looking to sign up for their favorite annual sporting event.

The weekend event options are limitless. Some are golf or archery tournaments; cycling or running rallies; and so many more. No matter what the preference, the weekends will be active in amateur and charity sporting events.

Hosting and organizing these events can be quite a challenge. In a previous post, we discuss Who Are Those People Managing Traffic Safety in Charity Events?

These activities are possible because many volunteers dedicate their time, and often risk their safety, so that everyone can have a fun and healthy experience.

That would be a combination of volunteers and local police officers from the different towns along the route.

The majority of the volunteers are in place for the safety of the participants. Critical assistance to the volunteers regarding safety is proper signage. This is true of route signage and also identification of key locations, like First Aid stations and information booths.

When considering signage for an outdoor event, an excellent material to use is Coroplast. This material enables a lightweight sign that is durable and weather resistant at an affordable price, even in low quantities.

Coroplast Sign
Example of Coroplast sign

Coroplast® is a registered trademark of Coroplast, LLC. The term coroplast has become a generic term for all corrugated plastic because of its popularity. It has the appearance of plastic cardboard. This is the key to its light weight and resistance to different weather conditions.

Is Coroplast® recyclable? Coroplast, an Interplast Group Company, says:

A: Yes, in most cases, standard Coroplast plastic sheets are 100% recyclable. We encourage the recycling of Coroplast plastic sheets. Due to the durability of Coroplast it can often be reused. If the product is no longer usable we recommend removing any non-polypropylene accessories if applicable and recycling. Polypropylene is coded 5 by the Society of the Plastics Industry. Some common uses for recycled Coroplast include automobile battery cases, signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, ice scrapers, oil funnels, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, sheeting, and trays.

Coroplast is lightweight and extremely versatile. It is a popular alternative over rigid plastic signs. They are also preferred over poster board and foam core mounting board. Outdoor sporting events require a weatherproof design that will last so the sign can be reused year after year.

At Traffic Safety Direct, we can develop coroplast custom signs to meet the needs of your outdoor event. This category is so broad that we ask you call us to discuss any custom sign needs 201-327-6050.

Additionally, we carry two types of coroplast sign stakes, economy and plastic Spider stakes. One may be a better choice than the other based upon terrain and use.

 

 

Managing Hazards is Important Before and After Road Construction

The building and repair of roads and bridges supporting our nation’s infrastructure is planned to increase throughout the coming years. This will improve traffic safety throughout the country for the long-term. However, during the construction process, traffic patterns will be disturbed by the creation of temporary routes and detours. Short term disruption will add to risk of accidents on our roads and around construction sites.

Traffic Control Plans and Internal Traffic Control Plans will be necessary, and often required, to maintain safety through the construction process. After construction is complete, the environment needs to be protected by ensuring the construction process did not introduce harmful elements into the environment.

In the post Top 10 Health & Safety Risks In Construction, states that:

A construction site is an ever changing environment; hazards are inherent to this industry and only increase as a construction project progress, as things rise and expand.

Construction sites can get quite hectic what with the shear volume of constantly moving vehicles and trades people – overhead lifting equipment shifting heavy loads, supply vehicles, dumper trucks everywhere, maneuvering around a usually uneven terrain.

Before Road Work Begins

Before road work is to begin, a traffic control plan should be developed. Governmental entities will require a traffic control plan at a minimum. When further clarity is required, additional detail may be requested to include diagrams and engineering drawings.

The purpose of the traffic control plan is to clearly describe traffic patterns and placement of devices through the different phases of the construction. Safety of the vehicles, walking pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers are of primary concern.

Additionally, a construction site may develop an Internal Traffic Control Plan. This plan is to define safe traffic patterns within the construction site, separate from the public traffic defined by the Traffic Control Plan.

After Road Work is Completed

Stripe PaintWhen the job is complete, the new or repaired road will need to be safely marked. An example is STRIPE® EXTRA TRAFFIC MARKER. This is a long-lasting traffic marking paint specifically formulated for line striping over freshly coated asphalt. Traffic ready in 60 minutes and VOC compliant.

Compliance to standards for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) is important for environmental reasons and compliance with certain government regulations. The purpose is to reduce ozone harming emissions. Emissions can be reduced by  switching to low VOC content coatings.

Planning is critical for maintaining safety during the road construction phase, as well as, after construction is complete. At Traffic Safety Direct, we provide Striping Equipment, paint and Stencils. Contact us at Traffic safety Direct for more information.

Pedestrian Crossing Signs are critical for both Pedestrian and Motorist Safety

Pedestrians can be injured in public crosswalks and temporary crosswalk situations during construction. This is especially true if the recommended safety zone is not clearly marked or visible. In turn, a motorist may be placed in a compromised situation if pedestrian crossing signage is not properly installed.

Paint is often used to identify the recommended walking traffic pattern. However, painted crosswalk lines will fade over time and can sometime be difficult to see in twilight hours and bad weather conditions.

Pedestrians and motorists are better protected with in-street pedestrian crossing signs. The pedestrian can readily see the restricted safe access within the traffic pattern. And, the motorist is made aware of the marked pedestrian crossing.

The Federal Highway Administration states in their Countermeasures that Reduce Crash Severity

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) provides guidance related to the design and installation specifications of roadside hardware and safety hardware. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety reviews crash-tested hardware to determine if it is eligible for Federal Funding.

While the pedestrian crossing signs are designed to protect the individual walking, it must also be designed to not be a hazard to a vehicle. These devices are tested in crash scenarios to evaluate their safety in real life traffic situations.

MUTCD Compliance and NCHRP350 Approved

Pedestrian Crossing Sign System must be designed to withstand impact. The following specifications are important.

  • Double-sided, rugged polyethylene panels that can withstand the elements for years
  • Reactive spring assembly that enables the sign to bounce back upon impact
  • Anti-twist feature that prevents sign from turning if hit
  • High-quality, fluorescent 3M Diamond Grade Reflective Sheeting
  • NCHRP350 approved
  • MUTCD compliant

Fixed or Portable Sign Base Options

The pedestrian crossing sign has different design alternatives. Available options are portable and fixed base to meet the specific needs of the public situation. The portable base provides convenient transportability. Whereas, the fixed base should be easy to install on the street.

Replacement Sign Panels and Parts

Over time, pedestrian crossing signs can wear or become damaged. These signs should have interchangeable parts to replace damaged or worn parts. If the wording becomes worn, it should be no problem to just purchase replacement panels. The same should be true of a damaged fixed base. You should be able to simply release the sign and insert it into a new fixed base.

Pedestrian’s must be protected when coming into close proximity of vehicular traffic patterns. And, the motorist must be protected from inconsequential damage to their vehicle from poorly designed pedestrian signage.

If you need to identify safe pedestrian crossings, whether in a construction zone or a permanent traffic pattern, save money on replacement costs with the Traffic Safety Direct quick pedestrian crossing signs. We provide fixed and portable in-street pedestrian crossing signs, bases, replacement panels, and hardware that meet MUTCD requirements and are NCHRP350 approved.

Hands Free Devices May Not Be Enough To Avoid Distracted Driving

Common sense must prevail over our knee-jerk reaction to respond to a text, email or phone call from work.

We are in an era where we seem to be constantly connected to our work through our phone and other mobile devices. Companies may even pay for all or part of the expense of our communications services. In turn, when a call or message comes into us, we feel some obligation to answer it, anywhere and everywhere. This can be a horrible decision.

Driving a car is a great example of when not to lose focus. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Communications technology has tried to respond  to distracted driving by offering “hands free” options. As the American Association of Justice states in their article The landscape of distracted driving

Many new vehicles are equipped with voice-activated systems that allow ­drivers to select music, adjust climate controls, use GPS and navigation systems, make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and interact with social media—all while driving.

Ironically, we have two hands, but, only one brain. So, what is being freed is not the main problem.

Many of us believe we are great at multi-tasking. Papers have been written, however, that demonstrate we are not as agile as we may think we are. It takes time for our brains to switch our focus from one area of interest to another. While switching back and forth, we are in a mental limbo. The time lost switching our focus accumulates – creating a total amount of lost time that makes a tremendous difference.

The distraction of having a phone conversation, even if on a hands-free device, causes drivers to miss the important visual and audio inputs that would ordinarily help avoid an accident. Driving is too critical of a time to risk losing focus.

We should also be aware of the men and women rebuilding our roads and bridges. These workers are perilously close to the road. A split second can make all the difference between a catastrophe and that worker later going safely home to the family. Our previous post about the St Patrick Day celebrations states that “Distracted driving can be common as the fun progresses. However, the road construction workers will still be finishing their work before they too can join in the fun.”

Hands-free does not free our brains from trying to do two things at the same time. Consider the fact that we may not be the multi-tasker we think we are.  Even the newest technology does not protect us from a potentially disastrous result. And that disastrous result may effect not just us, but also, the other people on and around the road we are on.

If you are looking to improve the traffic safety around your home or business, contact us at Traffic Safety Direct.