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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Sharing the Road Safely and Hi-Vis






    3A Safety C2500/C2501 ANSI Class 2 Surveyors Vest


    Comfortable and stylish high-vis safety vest. Its fabric is made for performance as it wicks away moisture from the body to cool you down. The built-in elastic band provides a universally secure fit.

    • Comfortable to wear under hates, stylish to wear alone
    • Hi-Cool performance fabric wicks away moisture
    • Elastic band to secure fit
    • Universal -- one size fits all
    • ANSI Class 2 compliant



    The US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a great website at The goal of the Share the Road Safely program strives to improve the knowledge of all highway users to minimize the likelihood of a crash with a large truck, and reduce the consequences of those that do occur.


    Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT)

    Nationally in 2007, 4,808 people died in large truck crashes. To help reduce crashes and fatalities, Congress directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to work together to educate motorists on how to share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).The result of this government collaboration was the development of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program—a high-visibility traffic enforcement program that uses communication, enforcement, and evaluation activities to reduce CMV-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries.Visit the FMCSA TACT Web site for more detailed information.<!--



    Safety Tips for Pedestrians


    As a pedestrian, you are at a major disadvantage when crossing streets, intersections and standing on corners.  You are not always visible to drivers; especially for large truck and bus drivers and you don't stand a chance if a vehicle hits you.  Pedestrians need to be careful of all vehicles and never take chances when they are sharing the road with large vehicles, like trucks and buses.  Here are some safety tips that can keep you safe when walking from one destination to another.


    WATCH YOUR WALK WAYS Walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible.  It is important to pay attention to walk signals and keep a safe distance when standing on street corners.  Trucks and buses make wide right turns and occasionally run up onto the corner of the sidewalk.  It is important for you to be alert and to move back.  Mostly likely, the truck driver will not see you or may be distracted and you could be seriously injured or killed if hit.


    KNOW YOUR NO-ZONES Be careful of the blind spots, or No-Zones, around cars, trucks, and buses when walking near or around them.  Always assume the driver does not know that you are there.  Because of a truck's large blind spots, a driver may not see, so it is up to you to avoid a crash.  Never walk behind a truck when it is backing up; truck drivers cannot see directly behind the truck and could seriously injure you.


    STOPPING DISTANCES Use caution when crossing intersections and streets.  You may think vehicles will stop for you, but they may not see you or even be able to stop.  Remember, trucks, cars, motorcycles and bicyclists, all have different stopping capabilities.  In fact, trucks can take much more space to stop than passenger vehicles.  Never take a chance with a truck, even if the driver sees you he may not be able to stop.


    MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking at night.  Dressing to be seen will make it safer for you and drivers.  Professional drivers do a lot of driving at night, and there's a good chance a truck driver will not see you if you don't make yourself visible.  Carrying a flashlight is your safest bet for being seen at night.


    WATCH OUT FOR WIDE LOADS Trucks with wide loads have very limited visibility as well as difficulty maneuvering.  Wide loads are much heavier and take up lots of room on the road.  You need to be aware when walking near a truck with a wide load, because the driver may not see you.  Trucks with wide loads make even wider right turns, require more space, and take even longer to stop than other trucks on the road.  Remember to keep your distance when walking around these large trucks.

  • "Roadway Work Zone Safety: We're All in This Together."

    National Work Zone Awareness Week isn't scheduled until the middle of April, but it's a big deal when it comes to the safety of roadside highway workers. There are many aspects to keeping construction and highway workers safe, and awareness by drivers, commercial and commuter, is a big factor. In fact, keeping these employees aware of the necessity to wear their hi-visibility safety gear including hi-viz safety vests and other apparel will save lives and deter accidents. Even accidents like accidental backing over by trucks in the work area and accidental pinning between trucks and traliers.


    There are many materials available for the upcoming National Work Zone Awareness Week, and organizers announced it now has a theme for the event as well as promotional materials available upon request.


    This year's theme for the annual event is "Roadway Work Zone Safety: We're All in This Together." That theme was chosen specifically to show that safety in roadway work zones depends on everyone who uses those roads, including motorists, emergency responders, law enforcement, bicyclists, and pedestrians in addition to roadway workers. In order to keep everyone safe in these areas, all users must work together in practicing safe behaviors.


    National Work Zone Safety Week was first held in 1999 as a partnership between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration, and the American Traffic and Safety Services Association. The event now boasts participation from several organizations and state transportation departments across the country. The goal is to bring awareness to the dangers of roadway work zones and educate the public on how to keep themselves and others safe in those zones.


    Posters for this year's event are now available through the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse or by contacting ATSSA's Kim Coghill at Kim.Coghill AT It can also be accessed here​.


    The event is scheduled for the week of April 15-19, with a kick off ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 16.





    ML Kishigo 1513/1514 Black Series Heavy Duty ANSI Class 2 Safety Vest


    High visibility safety vest in ML Kishigo's Black series couples styling with maximum visibility and safety. The black accent panels increase your level of contrast, style, and the cleanliness of the vest, keeping you looking cool, staying protected, and the vest looking bright and clean.


    Made with hi-vis Ultra-Cool 100% polyester mesh background fabric, on top of which are 2-inch wide silver reflective stripes and 3-inch wide contrasting color, to make you stand out in any kind of lighting conditions you might find yourself in. The reflective trimming around the arms and down the sides also increase your visibility drastically.


    The vest features mic tabs on chest, 2-tier pencil pocket, radio/utility chest pocket, inside patch pockets, outside cargo pockets with adjustable flaps, and reinforced webbing for extra strength. Available in Lime or Orange; ANSI Class 2 compliant.

    • Maximum visibility with sporty style
    • Black Series includes black accent panels for increased contrast, style, and vest cleanliness
    • Hi-vis Ultra-Cool 100% polyester mesh background material
    • 2-inch wide silver reflective tape on top of 3-inch wide contrasting color
    • Reflective trimming around arms and down sides for increased low-light visibility
    • Zipper front closure
    • Mic tabs on chest, 2-tier pencil pocket, radio/utility chest pocket, inside patch pockets, outside cargo pockets, reinforced webbing for extra strength
    • Available in Lime or Orange
    • ANSI Class 2 compliant




  • Roads, Hivis and Workzone Roundup

    Here's a bit about what's going on in the road and construction industries.

    $287 million for New York to rebuild roads, bridges damaged by Hurricane Sandy


    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Feb. 15 announced $287 million in emergency relief funds for New York to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters, with $250 million specifically designated for Hurricane Sandy recovery.


    LaHood was joined by Senator Charles Schumer in New York City for the announcement.  The funding in the Feb. 15 announcement is part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.


    “With this funding, we are delivering on our promise to help New York and the rest of the East Coast rebuild and recover from Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters,” said LaHood in a written statement.  “We will continue to work with the region as it rebuilds, but in keeping with President Obama’s leadership, we will work with the states to ‘fix it first’ by focusing on infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help businesses fastest.”


    Funds from the Federal Highway Administration will be used to reimburse the state for expenses associated with damage mainly from Hurricane Sandy along with a handful of previous weather events.  The funds will help pay for reconstructing or replacing damaged highways and bridges, establishing detours and replacing highway infrastructure devices such as lighting and guardrails.


    Read the entire article in Better Roads.





    ML Kishigo 1509 ANSI Class 2 Ultra-Cool Black Bottom Mesh Safety Vest


    High visibility safety vest with solid black material on the bottom to protect the vest against looking dirty, helping it to maintain a very bright appearance and preserve your hi-visibility. Made with 100% Ultra-Cool polyester mesh fabric, the vest also features a front zipper closure, dual mic tabs, a radio pocket, a multi-tier pencil pocket, two lower flapped patch pockets, and two inside patch pockets. It is ANSI Class 2 compliant.

    • Ultra-Cool 100% polyester mesh fabric with black bottom design
    • Long-lasting brightness
    • Zipper front closure
    • Dual mic tabs, radio pocket, multi-tier pencil pocket, two lower flapped patch pockets, two inside patch pockets
    • ANSI Class 2 compliant


    Best to be safe


    Safety winners show what it takes to protect workers.
    What does it take for a contractor to have an excellent safety program?

    According to the winners of the most recent American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s Contractor Safety Awards, the following are essential:

    • Sincere and robust involvement in the program from the highest levels of company management;
    • Accountability at the crew-management level;
    • Nonpunitive reporting of near-miss incidents;
    • Continuous training;
    • Safety committees;
    • Employee buy-in, empowerment and accountability; and
    • Tracking, review and follow-up for all incidents.


    Such was the consensus of executives representing companies ranging from small firms with less than 500,000 annual man-hours to some of the nation’s largest companies with millions of man-hours who gathered in the nation’s capital for two days of discussion.


    Read the rest of the article here.


  • No Hi-Vis Statistics are Good Hi-Vis Statistics




    Hi vis apparel is mandatory for highway construction safety. Highway construction workers are much too close to oncoming traffic and all sizes of vehicles, some of which don't obey the construction zone speed limits.


    In the evening, it's even more dangerous. So for workzone crews, or any construction worker that needs to be easily seen, wearing a retroreflective safety vest can be a lifesaver.


    Hi-visibility safety awareness campaigns also go a long way, not only for protecting roadside crews but also for pedestrians and motorists from potentially harming these construction workers.


    Construction workers on the highway need increased visibility especially after dark. Performing their duties without high visibility gear would endure an accident. Add any kind of detrimental weather and it makes it nearly impossible to see them.

  • MMUCC and Hi Visibility

    MMUCC Guideline



    The Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria Guideline (MMUCC) is a minimum, standardized data set for describing motor vehicle crashes and the vehicles, persons and environment involved. The Guideline is designed to generate the information necessary to improve highway safety within each state and nationally. This data set, originally published in the MMUCC Guideline, 1st Edition (1998), has been revised three times, most recently in the 4th Edition (2012), in response to emerging highway safety issues.


    The 110 data elements presented in this document include 77 data elements to be collected at the scene, 10 data elements to be derived from the collected data, and 23 data elements to be obtained after linkage to driver history, injury and roadway inventory data. Definitions for the data elements match existing standards, unless modification was necessary to match current trends.

    MMUCC was originally developed in response to requests by States interested in improving and standardizing their State crash data. Lack of uniform reporting made the sharing and comparison of State crash data difficult. Different elements and definitions resulted in incomplete data and misleading results.

    MMUCC recommends voluntary implementation of a “minimum set” of standardized data elements to promote comparability of data within the highway safety community. It serves as a foundation for State crash data systems.

    Efforts to standardize crash data have increased since MMUCC was originally recommended as avoluntary guideline in 1998. More and more States included MMUCC in their data review process as they sought to revise their crash report forms. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard D16.1-2007 Manual on Classification of Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents, Seventh Edition, and the ANSI Standard D20.1, Data Element Dictionary for Traffic Records Systems were both used to develop and update MMUCC.

    Check out the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria website.


    Utility Pro Wear UPA542 HiVis 1/4 Zip Pullover This ANSI Class 3 high visibility 1/4 zip pullover soft shell, features polyamide fabric infused with DuPont Teflon fabric protector. The fabric protector helps to resist and repel water grease and mud. Other features include: elastic cuffs and waist; tricot lined. The black bottom and cuffs helps the garment maintain a cleaner appearance longer. Available in high visibility Lime, Orange; and Lime/Black combination. M-5XL. ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Class 3 compliant.


  • Be Safe - No White at Night

    no white at night





    Here's a fantastic video showing the pros of hi visibility active wear (same goes for workwear) and the cons of wearing just white in order to be seen at night by automobiles, roadside construction crews and other heavy industrial equipment.

    On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 113 minutes.

    A pedestrian is injured, on average, every 8 minutes.

    NHTSA Traffic Safety facts 2007

    As runners, walkers and bikers hit the road to train after work, it's critical to remember 4 simple words - No White at Night!

    This video is very interesting. It shows that at 1,000 feet, three runners are visible, all wearing high vis apparel.

    At 500 feet, someone else enters into sight.

    At 250 feet, all three hivis runners are still easily seen, but now two other runners are barely visible just behind them.

    And finally, at 100 feet, all three of the high viz runners can still be plainly seen, as can the colors of their running gear, but we soon realize there are now four runners in white, not just two.

    Drivers moving at just 30 mph may travel a distance over 500 feet before they are able to properly manuever their car in response to an obstacle.

    Data from the National Safety Council, Walk Alert National Pedestrian Safety Program, FWHA RD 89-022, (1989 Program Guide, NSD 1989)










    High visibility Storm Cover rainwear jacket made with 150-denier polyester oxford fabric with white PU coating on backside (water-proof material) and sealed seams. Features include a black-bottom design to maintain a clean appearance, 2-inch wide VizLite reflective material, zipper/storm flap closure, non-sparking snaps and zipper, adjustable wrist cuffs, lower front patch pockets with snap closures, and a left chest radio pocket. The jacket is available in Lime and Orange, and is ANSI Class 3 compliant.

    • 150-denier polyester oxford fabric with white PU coating on backside with sealed seams
    • Black-bottom design for clean appearance
    • 2-inch wide VizLite reflective material
    • Zipper/storm flap closure, non-sparking snaps and zipper, adjustable leg cuffs, lower front patch pockets w/ snap closures, left chest radio pocket
    • Available in Lime and Orange
    • ANSI Class 3 compliant

    The ML Kishigo RWP102/RWP103 Rain Pants are sold as a separate product. Click the link to see it.


  • The Viking Journeyman and the Brilliant Series Bomber




    Viking Journeyman 300D Trilobal Ripstop FR Jacket


    • Heavy duty FR treated 300-denier trilobal rip-stop polyester with PU backing gives superior abrasion, puncture, rip, and snag resistance
    • Full compliant with CSAZ96-09 Class 1, Level FR and CSGB-155.1-2001
    • 4-inch Vi-Brance® contrasting tape
    • Front and back venting for extra breathability
    • Heavy duty zipper with storm flap for weather protection
    • Two large zippered pockets on the outside
    • Adjustable Velcro wrist snugs to seal out rain and wind
    • Detachable hood and comfort fleece collar
    • 100% waterproof, windproof, and machine washable
    • All seams double sewn, taped, and heat sealed
    • Articulated elbows for natural form fitting comfort


    The Viking Journeyman 300D Ripstop FR Pants / Bib is sold as a separate product. Click the link to see it.





    The Brilliant Series Bomber Jacket is ideal for every condition and worksite. It's yet another outstanding product designed for maximum visibility. Ideal for nearly every condition and work site, from mildly chilly weather to downright frigid, our bomber keeps you comfortable and keeps you safe.


    The Brilliant Series bomber jacket, from ML Kishigo, offers a distinctive advantage over standard bomber jackets. The jacket features reflective piping on the collar, shoulders, hood and sleeve seams - all offering increased visibility in low light conditions. The material that it is made out of is 300-denier polyester oxford fabric with white PU coating on backside. The reflective piping improves recognition of the wearer by distinguishing their silhouette from the other stationary objects around them. The durable shell is waterproof and is seam sealed for further protection from wet conditions. The 2" wide 3M Scotchlite reflective material is further enhanced by the 3" contrast color striping. The jacket also utilizes a black bottom design which helps the jacket maintain a clean appearance by incorporating durable, black material in the areas which most frequently become dirty.


    The Brilliant Series bomber jacket is good for a wide range of weather conditions because it includes a removable black quilted liner. The jacket also includes: hidden collar hood, adjustable cuffs, left chest radio pocket, two outside lower slash pockets with zippers and an inside wallet pocket. Available in both high visibility Lime and Orange; sizes M-5XL. ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 3 compliant.

  • A Decrease in Visibility Equals an Increase in Accidents




    If you ever troll the US Highway Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration's website, under the tab resources is a plethora of infrmation about traffic safety including:

    Highway Safety Program

    On this occasion, I happened onto the Visibility and Retroreflectivity tab because, well, I like to look at shiny things, and I'm interested to see and hear statistics about high visibility vests and safety on our highways and roadways.

    Turns out, per the USDOT FHWA, about half of traffic fatalities occur at night, although only about one quarter of travel occurs after dark. Although intoxication and fatigue contribute to the high rate of nighttime crashes, nighttime driving is inherently hazardous because of decreased driver visibility.


    Adequately maintained retroreflective signs and pavement markings improve highway safety and prevent roadway departure crashes by bouncing light from vehicle headlights back toward the vehicle and the driver's eyes, making the signs and markings appear brighter and easier to see and read. Because the retroreflective properties of traffic control devices deteriorate over time, highway agencies need to actively manage the maintenance of signs and pavement markings in order to ensure that they are clearly visible at night.


    Roadway lighting is another means to increase visibility for drivers and other roadway users. Properly designed roadway lighting allows road users to quickly assess roadway conditions and creates a safe environment within the roadw ay vicinity. New technologies to reduce the long-term costs of lighting need to be balanced with understanding  and addressing the needs of the road user.


    For more information, visit the FHWA Safety Page.





    High visibility safety vest made with Ultra-Cool economy 100% polyester mesh fabric. It has a zipper closure on the front and 2-inch wide VizLite silver reflective material. This hi-vis safety vest features an outside left chest radio pocket, an inside lower right patch pocket, and an inside right chest pocket. It is available in either Lime or Orange, and is ANSI Class 3 compliant.

    • Ultra-Cool economy mesh vest, 100% polyester
    • Zipper front closure
    • 2-inch wide VizLite silver reflective material
    • Outside left chest radio pocket, inside lower right patch pocket, inside right chest pocket
    • Comes in Lime or Orange
    • ANSI Class 3 compliant


    For ANSI class 3 and other highway/roadway construction gear, choose Hi-Vis Supply.

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