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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Work Zone Wally

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    Social media is a part of our marketing these days. Companies, the Federal Government (including the Obama Campaign) and now even state governments, realize the power of a well-run social media campaign to get the word out.


    Last month, Connecticut DOT announced that "Work Zone Wally" is the name of its new orange work zone safety mascot. The name was chosen by the public through voting on Facebook and Twitter. The campaign to name the mascot was conducted over a few months, with the goal of spreading the word that safety in work zones is a serious issue.


    As described in an article from the Fairfield Patch, Almost 100 names were nominated, according to a press release sent by the department, and after that field was narrowed down to six, voting commenced on both social networks.

    “Every mascot deserves a name, and we were so happy with the public’s enthusiasm and response to this campaign,” said Terri Thompson, Transportation Supervising Engineer for the CT Department of Transportation.


    The quote on the CT Facebook page states, "Obey the Orange Campaign Developed to Raise Awareness about Work Zone Safety."




    Traffic Control


    Highway, road, street, bridge, tunnel, utility, and other workers for the highway infrastructure are exposed to hazards from outside and inside the work zone. Falls, electrical, struck-by, and caught between are the common hazards found in this type of work. Browse our products for aiding in the guidance and set-up of work zone signs, barricades, cones, flagging, stop/slow paddle signs, and roll-up mesh signs. Whether you're managing lane closures for road construction or blocking access to dangerous construction areas, we have a solution for you.


  • What's a SMIDSY?




    High visibility safety vest made from 100% cotton, with a zipper closure on the front, a chest pocket, and two large lower pockets for tools. This safety vest meets all MUTCD standards. Comes in the color orange.

    • 100% cotton
    • Zipper front closure
    • Chest pocket, two lower large pockets
    • Meets MUTCD standards


    SMIDSY happens to be an Australian term, that stands for, "Sorry Mate I Didn't See You". It's a term that motorcyclists and bicyclists use to refer to the crashes when a car doesn't see them, and apparently it's used far too often.


    Recently released figures show it is time for vehicle drivers to stop blaming motorcyclists for car/bike accidents. The statistics show that nearly half of all motorcycling accidents were caused by vehicle drivers and three-quarters of them occurred at intersections. Motorcyclists refer to drivers failing to see them as SMIDSY.


    SMIDSY - adj. Describes an accident caused by the driver of a car failing to see a cyclist or pedestrian. Also: Smidsy. [From the phrase, Sorry, mate, I didn't see you.]


    Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: "SMIDSY moments are happening far too often, and very few people are prepared to take responsibility for their part in them. It's always someone else's fault. All road users need to be more aware of who they are sharing the road with, and the risks they present. —Chris Knapman, "Drivers reminded to look out for vulnerable road users," The Telegraph, April 17, 2012


    Wiggo's status as national treasure means this particular SMIDSY event gets widely reported. SMIDSY is the excuse inattentive motorists give to the cyclists and motorcyclists they skim or hit: "Sorry mate I didn't see you." —Carlton Reid, "Bradley Wiggins is hit by a car, then the cyclist haters pile in," The Guardian, November 8, 2012


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  • Roadway Construction Worker Fatalities Between Years 2005-2010


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    Useful for directing traffic away from construction sites and emergency situations. Offers black panel with reflective yellow chevrons. Functions include: always on, flashing and sequential flashing. Features (36) super-bright LEDs and (10) embedded magnets for easy attachment. Includes (8) grommets for attaching with rope or bungee cords and (4) suction cups for attaching to non-metallic surfaces.

    As fatalities and accidents are never to be taken lightly, it is not the intent of the writer to assume that because the number of fatalities may have declined, that they are not still serious and that the loss of life and the loved ones left behind are still of vital importance. We must however often compile statistics and treat numbers as just they are - numbers, for sake of gleaning information that may save lives in the future.


    Workplace fatalities that occur at a road construction site typically account for 1.5% to 3% of all workplace fatalities annually.


    Fatality Trends: Roadway construction worker fatalities reached a high point in 2005 with 165 fatalities. Between 2005 and 2008 the numbers declined, then rose slightly in 2009, and declined again in 2010.


    Fatality Causes: The primary causes of worker fatalities in recent years were:

    • Runovers/backovers (often by dump trucks): 48%
    • Collision Between Vehicles/Mobile Equipment: 14%
    • Caught in Between/Struck by Construction Equipment and Objects: 14%


    Runovers/Backovers: Nearly half of worker fatalities are caused when workers are run over or backed over by vehicles or mobile equipment. More than half of these fatalities were workers struck by construction vehicles. Between 2005 and 2010 runovers/backovers were the cause of an average of 48% of worker fatalities. In 2010 runovers/backovers were the cause of 43% of worker fatalities, a slight decline from 2009 (46%).


    For these types of fatalities, between 2003 and 2007, more workers were struck and killed by construction vehicles (38%) than by cars, vans, and tractor-trailers (33%).


    Vehicle Collisions: The second most common cause of worker fatalities are collisions between vehicles/mobile equipment. ◦Between 2005 and 2010 this was the cause of an average of 14% of worker fatalities each year. In 2010 this was the cause of 19% of worker fatalities. This is a slight increase from 2009 (16%).


    Caught in Between or Struck by Object: The third most common cause of worker fatalities are workers caught between or struck by construction equipment and objects.


    Between 2005 and 2010 this was the cause of an average of 14% of worker fatalities. In 2010 this was the cause of 8% of worker fatalities. This is a decline from 2009 (16%) and the lowest reported number in recent years.


    The following facts and statistics were obtained using data from a presentation on Injury Hazards in Road and Bridge Construction, Fatal Occupational Injuries at Road Construction Sites and 2003-2011 Worker Fatalities

  • Hi Vis and Contrast

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    Black Series F406 FR Long Sleeve T-Shirt


    • 6.4 oz Modacrylic/cotton       lightweight interlock knit material
    • 2” wide breathable silver       reflective material greatly reduces hot spots
    • Dark FR sides add a sporty look       and visual contrast


    • Left chest pocket


    • NFPA 70E-2012
    • ASTM 1506-10a
    • HRC 2
    • Arc Rating/Ebt=8.6 cal/cm2

    Here's an example of a thread from a forum discussing some of the benefits of Hi-Viz  - and whether or not high visibility gear in different types of instances.

    The writer explains: Hi vis is not necessarily the 'safest' method of visibility for objects moving at high velocities.

    Why is hi-viz used for construction workers and not their trucks? Because they aren't moving much by comparison to vehicles.

    Now, what do they do for vehicles that are in motion in areas that are extremely hazardous or dangerous?

    They add CONTRAST and SHAPES OR PATTERNS which are disjointed from the shape of the object.

    Because when those objects are in motion, it becomes obvious due to the contrast and the shape/pattern moving through space.

    The color (of the hi-vis apparel), actually, doesn't make too much of a difference.

    A black & white patterned kit will have just as much visibility to the human eye as a hi-viz one when it is placed on an object in motion at some discernable velocity. A black & white patterned kit will have less visibility than a hi-viz one when the object is in low-speed, minimal activity.

    Motion is detected with the RODS in your retina, not the cones, and more importantly through utilizing perceived CONTRAST, not color.

    Why do you think the best snipers in the world are color blind? Because they're able to see contrast quicker, no colors to distract their vision.

    Why do you think the military (of any country) prefers soldiers who are color blind? Because they can detect movement in even the best camouflage, they are not distracted by color but focus on... guess what... CONTRAST.

    Why do you think the world's greatest predators (non-human) see the world in greyscale or black&white? CONTRAST!

    What do you think? Is he correct?


  • Work Zone Fatalities Continue

    This title is all too familiar:
    TWO HIGHWAY WORKERS KILLED IN WORK ZONE CRASH Two highway workers in Cecil County, Maryland recently lost their lives, both pronounced dead at the scene by Cecil County emergency medical personnel.The Maryland State Police CRASH Team, along with troopers, stated that for reasons unknown, the driver of a Ford Focus entered into a highway work zone area striking two contractual highway workers, and that the work zone was clearly marked with orange traffic cones and other safety equipment. There has been no determination of speed at this point in the investigation, nor has it been determined why the car entered the work zone.
    Read the article here.


    ML Kishigo Brilliant Series Hi Vis Rainwear Jacket


    The Brilliant Series rainwear, from ML Kishigo, offers a distinctive advantage over standard rainwear. The rainwear features reflective piping on the shoulders, hood, sleeves and outer leg seams - all offering increased visibility in low light conditions. The reflective piping improves recognition of the wearer by distinguishing their silhouette from the other stationary objects around them. The durable, breathable material (150D polyester oxford fabric with white PU coating on the backside) is waterproof and is seam sealed for further protection from wet conditions. The rainwear uses Reflexite prismatic reflective tape that performs exceptionally well under wet conditions; and provides additional durability over standard silver glass beaded reflective materials. The rainwear also utilizes a black bottom design which helps it maintain a clean appearance by incorporating durable, black material in the areas which most frequently become dirty. The rainwear features include: waterproof front zipper; adjustable wrist cuffs; ventilated back and arm pits; reinforced D-ring access on back; vertical chest pocket with waterproof zipper; lower front slash pockets with waterproof zippers; left arm cell phone pocket with storm flap and zipper closure; adjustable leg cuff straps and large left and right side gusseted cargo pockets with reflective trim. Available in both high visibility Lime and Orange; sizes S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL and 4XL/5XL. Jackets are ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 3 compliant. Pants are ANSI/ISEA 107 Class E compliant.
  • A ROADWAY SAFETY+ NWZAW Update + HiVis Pants!




    We wrote last week about ROADWAY SAFETY+, and just in time for the new version 11.0. The Roadway Safety Program provides two levels of instructional modules: Basic Awareness modules presenting an overview of common hazards in highway and road construction and simple prevention measures and Advanced Modules for presentation to supervisors, managers, and others responsible for work zone design, set up, and control. RSP is designed for use by supervisory personnel with safety and health experience or by safety and health personnel to orient new workers as they arrive on the jobsite. Check out the video here.


    Also of note, the National Work Zone Awareness Week Committee is actively seeking State Applications to Hold its 2014 Kickoff Event. The NWZAW Executive Committee is expected to announce the host state during the April 2013 kick-off event in Washington, D.C.

    ml-kishigo-9665-pants_1_1ML Kishigo 9665P Storm Stopper Rainwear Pants The Storm Stopper rainwear, from ML Kishigo, is water-proof and made from comfortable, high-quality, breathable material (150D polyester oxford fabric with white PU coating on the backside) with durable seam-sealed construction. The rainwear features 2" wde 3M Scotchlite reflective material, zipper/storm flap closure for foul weather protection, non-sparking snaps and zipper, fully-vented cape back for ventilation, fall protection D-ring access, patch pockets with snap closures and adjustable Velcro wrist straps. The bib pants have high-quality elastic suspenders with quick release buckle, adjustable straps for leg cuffs and front fly with snap closure. Available in high visibility Lime. Sizes include: S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL and 4XL/5XL. Jacket is ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 3 compliant; bib is ANSI/ISEA 107 Class E compliant.

  • Roadway Safety +


    The Roadway Safety Awareness Program is a training software program that provides an overview of common hazards in highway and road construction and simple prevention measures. Sponsored by a grant from OSHA, this software features compliance options, slideshow mode and downloadable pdfs. It's designed for use by supervisory personnel with some safety and health experience or by safety and health personnel to orient new workers as they arrive on the jobsite. The program contents are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


    This program is not intended as a compliance guide. It is intended to help your company produce the worker awareness needed to achieve best practices. It is not a substitute for an OSHA 10-hour course or more in-depth training. It is a labor-management safety reminder.


    This material was produced under grant number 46C4-HT23 from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under grant agreement DTFH61-06-G-00007. It was developed by a consortium of the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA), American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), and LIUNA Training & Education Fund. Produced for the consortium by FOF Communications.

    You can find all of this information at



    ML Kishigo JS100/JS101 Crew Neck Sweatshirt


    The crew neck sweatshirt, by ML Kishigo, is made from high-quality 9 oz. sweatshirt material with rugged stitching. It features 2" wide silver reflective stripes and black rib knit cuffs. The black-bottom design helps keep the garment looking clean by hiding unsightly dirt in key areas. Available in both high visibility Lime or Orange. Sizes M-5XL. Medium sweat shirts are ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 2 compliant. All other sizes are ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 3 compliant.

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