Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015 - (Page 40)

Traffic Management and the Work Zone Doing more than the minimum saves lives By Brad Sant T he paving job was finished. The last task was to pick up the temporary traffic control cones that marked the closed lanes on the highway. Shortly before 4 a.m., Joe backed the flatbed maintenance of traffic (MOT) truck down one of the closed lanes as Todd, seated in a basket attached to the rear, picked up the cones and tossed them in the back. Suddenly, Todd heard a "thump, thump, thump" sound as a vehicle speeding at over 70 mph knocked down the cones like bowling pins. Todd did not have time to react before the car smashed into the rear of the MOT truck. The 27-year-old highway worker died at the scene. Such work zone fatalities levy a huge emotional and financial toll on loved ones, co-workers, and employers. According to data from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, each death in the construction industry costs $4 million in direct and indirect expenses; each injury resulting in lost work days costs $42,000.1 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently put the cost of 40 * View past issues online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Winning the Race Track Challenge
Investigating the Keys to Japanese RAP Success
A Fresh Perspective on Safety
Traffic Management and the Work Zone
2016 Annual Meeting Preview
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015