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Don't Let Vibration Damages Shake You
Provided by Rod Reid, Risk Control Consultant, Travelers
Understanding the science behind vibration damage can help construction companies avoid significant losses. And, as
some companies have learned, these
losses aren't just financial. They can
have a long-lasting impact on a contractor's reputation and future opportunities.

lawsuit threatened the brand and reputation of the general contractor, who was
well-known and respected in the area.
The contractor knew that such a claim
could also mean serious profit losses,
lead to business interruption costs, and
potentially shut down the project.

Vibration from bridge construction activity damaged a house, according to a
lawsuit filed by a nearby homeowner. The

Fortunately, the contractor's safety
director had conducted thorough preplanning and communication before

breaking ground, including the use of
Travelers ZoneCheckSM, an online tool
that factors in variables such as equipment type and soil conditions to predict
vibration transmission distance, from
the source. The company had also used
monitoring devices during construction
activity and was able to document that
the construction activity did not generate vibration levels that would result in
damage to the house.

"The potential for vibration damage is always an important concern during active construction, but until now there
hasn't been an easy way for contractors to assess that risk," stated Travelers Vice President of Construction Risk
Control Bob Kreuzer. "ZoneCheck takes a number of variables into account to calculate the risk in a matter of seconds, enabling customers to conduct accurate surveys on the spot without consulting various other resources."
Source: Insurance Journal.com

IMAGE COURTESY OF TRAVELERS

Travelers created an online resource that
helps to identify areas potentially impacted
by construction activity. Taking into consideration a variety of conditions and factors, ZoneCheck empowers contractors to
make real-time decisions in the field. Users
can instantly create actionable data, which
can then be applied in project planning
to provide a better understanding of the
overall risk.

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Ease of use was paramount in the design
of the online application. Upon launching
ZoneCheck, users enter their location
or automatically find their position using
the geolocation setting. The user is then
prompted to select what construction
related activity is being completed and the
soil type of the area. ZoneCheck utilizes
this data to create an aerial graphic that
includes two circles. The circles represent

the 'alert zone' and the 'human perception
zone.' Each zone has its own set of characteristics. ZoneCheck's comprehensive
report simplifies what should be done in
each zone to proactively mitigate vibration risk.

ZoneCheck Can be Used to:
* Establish or refine strategies for
pre-construction surveys


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CONNstruction - Winter 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2018

Fleet Tracking with Telematics
Don’t Let Vibration Damages Shake You
Trenching and Excavation Safety
Preventing Runovers and Backovers in Work Zones and Construction Sites
If OSHA Knocks, How Do You Respond?
Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
2018 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Dinner
Connecticut Road Builder Association Dinner
YCF Yard Goat Baseball/BBQ & Fall Membership Meeting
OSHA-CCIA-ConnOSHA Annual Safety Alliance Conference & Press Conference
A Blue Light for Safety
“If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to More Than Homeland Security
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Intro
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover1
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover2
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 3
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 4
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 5
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - A Blue Light for Safety
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - “If You See Something, Say Something” Applies to More Than Homeland Security
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Fleet Tracking with Telematics
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 9
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 10
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 11
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Don’t Let Vibration Damages Shake You
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 13
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Trenching and Excavation Safety
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 15
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 16
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 17
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Preventing Runovers and Backovers in Work Zones and Construction Sites
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 19
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 20
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 21
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - If OSHA Knocks, How Do You Respond?
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 23
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 24
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 25
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Diggers Mixers Fixers Golf Outing
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 2018 AGC/CT Industry Recognition Dinner
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - Connecticut Road Builder Association Dinner
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - OSHA-CCIA-ConnOSHA Annual Safety Alliance Conference & Press Conference
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - 30
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover3
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - cover4
CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - outsert1
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CONNstruction - Winter 2018 - outsert3
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