Everything listed under: Work Zone Safety

  • Motorist Drives Through Freshly Poured Concrete

    As disucssed in my previous blog posts, motorists are frequently driving into work zones by driving between the gaps in drums, delineators, and cones. Again, as documeted in this story from Kentucky, a motorist drove around traffic barricades and barrels and through wet concrete.
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  • Poor Work Zone Delineation Causes Accident

    At least one person was taken to the hospital following a crash in a construction zone on a Boise road, but we have learned this driver is not the first to be confused by the poor delineation of the work zone. Boise resident Joy Patterson drives the route about twice a day and said she has witnessed confused drivers several times before the crash.
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  • LCD’s Provide Clear Guidance

    As documented in the following link, this work zone did not provide clear delineation for the motorist. In this case, an LCD would have provided clear lanes to the motorists traveling through the work zone, and could have prevented this work zone accident. Minor injuries reported in work zone crash in Mount Carmel township LCD’s are FHWA accepted, listed in the MUTCD, and provide delineation not found when using drums, delineators, or cones.

  • OSHA compliance directive, CPL 02-01-154

    In October 2012, OSHA issued a new compliance directive, CPL_02-01-052, which is now the basis for COSHO (Compliance Safety and Health Officer) inspections of work sites requiring temporary traffic control to protect workers. Portions of this directive tell COSHOs how to protect themselves and how to approach the inspection site. The directive also establishes the training required for COSHOs to be able to issue traffic control citations.

  • How Many Safety Violations Can You Spot?

    OTW Safety is committed to improved work zone safety. In order to raise awareness about dangerous workplace safety violations, we post photos of dangerous work zones to our Facebook page, and we write a BLOG post with commentary on MUTCD violations. This week we’re highlighting the road construction at UT State Road 248.

  • Improved Traffic Control Devices: Best Way to Reduce Highway Work Zone Crashes

    Highway work zones create an inevitable disruption in regular traffic flows that result in traffic safety problems, and work zone safety remains unsatisfactory nationwide. In 2004, 1,068 people were killed in work zones, adding about 49,620 more work zone related injuries (FHWA 2006). The direct cost of highway work zone crashes, estimated based on the crash data from 1995 to 1997, was as high as $6.2 billion per year: an average cost of $3,687 per crash (Mohan and Gautam 2002).

  • 2013 National Work Zone Week

    AGC annually participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is used as an opportunity to get media coverage and raise public awareness about the dangers for highway construction workers and motorists when road improvements are under way. This year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) will take place April 15-19, 2013, with the theme “Work Zone Safety: We’re All In This Together.” While the number of fatalities, crashes and injuries have decreased in the past several years the pr...

  • Why use Longitudinal Channelizing Devices?

    The current mindset of the safety community is geared toward using "positive protection" to protect maintenance workers in roadway work zones.  As a result, concrete barrier has become the temporary traffic control device most commonly used in highway work zones. According to Roadside Design Guide, published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), "...a barrier should be installed only if it is clear that the result of a vehicle striking the barri...

  • 2013 National Work Zone Awareness Week

    The 2013 National Work Zone Awareness Week is nearly upon us. The week of April 15-19 is dedicated to the cause and the theme for this year is "Work Zone Safety: We're All In This Together" PSA in a workzone. The 2013 theme highlights the complexities of work zones, especially in urban areas, and the need for awareness and planning on the part of everyone affected by work zones – DOTs, road workers, drivers, bicyclists, motorcycles, pedestrians, emergency response, law enforcement, utility worke...

  • What are the Costs?

    What are the costs of a safe construction zone? In the picture below, the contractor has chosen to use drums. If there are 30 drums in a 100 ft construction zone the average cost for 30 drums of the tire collar type is approximately $75 each.

  • Barriers: Is there is a difference?

    How do you, as a driver, feel about traffic barriers? Yes, those cumbersome, fluorescent plastic hurdles that have seemingly been placed around roadways to hinder your daily commute. In reality, these traffic barriers are actually placed to enhance and protect your driving experience, as well as reduce potential collisions.

  • Water Barrier Manufacturers Association Member Network Releases New Product to Improve Safety

    Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) March 27, 2012 A forward-thinking group of manufacturers represented by the Water Barrier Manufacturers Association have developed a new technology that brings balance to construction-zone safety: extending equal protection to workers and travelers. They’re called water-filled LCDs -- longitudinal channelizing devices. These new LCDs exchange hazardous concrete with more forgiving materials: plastic and water.

  • WBMA Petitions FHWA on Behalf of Members

    On Tuesday the Water Barrier Manufactures Association petitioned the Federal Highway Association about Section 6F.63 of the 2009 MUTCD. Section 6F.63 allows the name and telephone number of the highway agency, contractor, or supplier to be displayed on the non-reflective surface of a device as indicated in paragraphs 15 and 16 of this section: Option: 15. The name and telephone number of the highway agency, contractor, or supplier may be displayed on the non-retroreflective surface of all types ...

  • Over 600 fatalities occur every year in work zones around the nation.

    Over 600 fatalities occur every year in work zones around the nation, despite very successful efforts to minimize work zone safety hazards. These are some of the most problematic areas of roadways, and accidents are often attributed to driver inattentiveness, excessive speed and lack of proper highway safety equipment. Placement of the correct signs and barriers can be of great assistance in reducing fatalities and injuries in construction work zones.

  • Fatal Injuries in work zones and the Dew Tour

    According to the Bureau of labor statistics in 2010 over half of the fatal occupational injuries in the United States were caused by workers being struck by vehicles. What if you could cut the total number of fatal occupational injuries by over half by simply implying a safer and more advanced system to mark areas where employees are working near moving traffic? The WBMA thinks it is possible to achieve this by modernizing the tools that are in work zones that have moving traffic.

  • ATSSA Hails Decade of Action for Road Safety Efforts to Decrease Global Roadway Deaths

    Today, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) hailed the efforts of the entire Decade of Action for Road Safety Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is comprised of ATSSA, FIA Foundation, Association for Safe International Road Travel, and the National Organizations for Youth Safety. The Decade of Action’s goal is to reduce the 1.3 million individuals killed each year on roads throughout the world by half by 2020.


    The U.S. Federal Highway Administration's Office of Operations has released a brochure that summarizes information on practices found during a scanning tour that explored how state agencies are planning for, monitoring, and managing work zone performance. The brochure includes the key findings, challenges, and recommendations from the March 2010 scan.

  • TTI Study Recommending LCD’s to Improve Safety

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ryan Sueoka OTW Safety, LLC phone: 801 363-7740 fax: 801 363-6372 ryan@otwsafety.com www.otwsafety.com TTI Study Recommending LCD’s to Improve Safety Plastic Water-Filled LCD’s Can Prevent Drivers from Entering Work Zones College Station, TX. — Texas Transportation Institute researchers released a study January 18 examining the effectiveness of longitudinal channelizing devices (LCD’s) in work zones, the results recommending LCD’s for several applications to impro...

  • Texas and others approve the LCD for immediate use

    TX DOT has officially accepted our new LCD for use in their State! This product was recently approved by CA DOT and ID DOT as well! Our team at OTW Safety is working hard to make sure that our products are on the approved product lists for your state.

  • NTSB Investigates Deadly Bus Accident

    GRAY SUMMIT, Mo. — National Transportation Safety Board investigators examining the Missouri crash that killed a 15-year-old school bus passenger and the teen driver of a pickup truck. They are hopeful they'll learn something to make road work zones safer, an NTSB official said Friday.