Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015 - (Page 40)
Traffic Management and the
Doing more than the minimum saves lives
By Brad Sant
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
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015
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/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2015