Crash Facts

Crash Facts

Crash Facts By SPA Safety Systems.

Makers of TMA Crash Trucks

Millions of commuters drive or ride in a vehicle as part of their jobs, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States. Crashes have a significant impact on road workers’ safety, being that 11% of crash deaths are construction industry-related (highway maintenance, trades workers, and laborers).

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S.1
  • From 2003-2017, more than 27,000 workers in the U.S. died in a work-related motor vehicle crash.1
    The loss of life is horrible.  In addition, there are monetary expenses can climb quickly.
  • In 2013 alone, work-related crashes cost employers $25 billion.2
  • $65,000 per nonfatal injury
  • $671,000 per death

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Resource: Centers for Disease
Control & Prevention (CDC) –
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/motorvehicle/resources/crashdata/facts.html

Sources

1Bureau
of Labor Statistics [2004-2018]. TABLE A-2. Fatal occupational
injuries resulting from transportation incidents and homicides, all United
States, 2003-2017
.

NOTE: Most of the vehicles associated with workplace MVC fatalities are “motorized land vehicles,” (e.g., cars, trucks, buses, vans), defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as those “which are operated primarily on highways and other public roadways and used for transportation, hauling, delivering, and emergencies.” However, some fatalities, particularly those which occur off public roadways, involve industrial vehicles such as farm tractors, mobile machines such as cranes and pavers, and all-terrain vehicles.2NETS [2016]. Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers

Truck-mounted attenuators are designed to save lives

Truck-mounted attenuators are designed to save lives

Truck-mounted attenuator (TMA) vehicles are designed to protect road and construction workers from oncoming traffic. Scorpion manufactures the best attenuators.

The Scorpion line of Impact Attenuators from TrafFix Devices

Scorpion Attenuators are “different by design,” stated Jim Gordon, of SPA Safety Systems in Flanders NJ. The Scorpion TMA consists of strut and cartridge sections that are linked together on a support frame.  Other manufacturers Crash Attenuator models have little or no side-angle impact protection, which does not adequately protect roadside workers.

“SPA Safety Systems TMA Trucks are designed to save lives in your work zone. Our trucks are built to meet all NJ DOT Certifications and work zone safety requirements. They are intended to absorb the impact of high and low-speed crashes, decrease damage made to the vehicle, and save workers’ lives,” added Paul Zanelli, sales and safety representative, SPA Safety Systems.

To learn more, visit the SPA website for more information on TMA Trucks, view our TMA inventory, or call us at (973) 347-1101.

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About SPA Safety Systems

SPA Safety Systems in Flanders NJ is a family-owned and operated business celebrating over 36 years of serving the construction industry. We developed our reputation for excellence by providing quality products and superior service.

You can find an extensive invent of best-in-class and high-performance TMA trucks for Work Zone Safety and Scissor Lift Trucks for sale or rent in New Jersey, PA, NY, CT, RI, and MD. We carry an extensive inventory of Truck Mounted Attenuator trucks for sale or rent, and equipment and parts inventory.

For more information call (973) 347-1101 or visit our TMA trucks web page at https://spasafetysystems.com/ .

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Flanders, NJ 07836

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Best Practices for Maximizing Driver Attention to Work Zone Warning Signs

Best Practices for Maximizing Driver Attention to Work Zone Warning Signs

Maximizing Driver Attention to Work Zone Warning Signs

“Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMA), Outperforms Any Other Practice”

Studies have shown that rear-end crashes in the advance warning area for a work zone are the most common type of work zone crashes. Driver inattention (or distraction) is reported as the most common issue and a major contributing factor to those types of crashes. As such, there is a need to identify the technologies that are successful in alerting drivers when approaching work zones.

Changeable Message Signs

Changeable message signs (CMS) are ideal for short-term and mobile work zones due to their portability. For CMS displaying text messages, innovative use of fonts and content may achieve greater speed reduction. Graphic-aided CMS are found to be more legible and recognizable compared with text-message CMS.
The location of CMS has significant impact on the effectiveness of this technology; placing in advance of a work zone is recommended.

Rumble Strips

Usually two to three sets of rumble strips are used together, with two or three strips in each set. Studies suggest that 6-inch-wide strips may generate sound 4 dBA higher than 4-inch-wide strips. Eight strips per set may increase the sound up to 5 dBA higher compared with 4 strips per set.

The ease of installation and removal are major concerns for using rumble strips, and portable rumble strips are recommended for short-term work zones. The majority of the studies found reductions in vehicle speeds up to 10 mph.

Presence of Police Cars

The presence of police cars may reduce car speeds by 4.4 mph and truck speeds by 5 mph (in a 45mph speed zone). Highspeed drivers are found to be more affected by police enforcement. Despite the effectiveness of police cars, ‘‘halo’’ effects and high costs are known to be the two main drawbacks of the technology.

Variable speed limit

Implementations of variable speed limit (VSL) resulted in reduced speed variance, increased speed compliance, and improved traffic throughput and safety. The heart of VSL is the control algorithm, which determines appropriate speed limit; the speed-flow-density algorithm is shown to have good performance based on simulation experiments. Field studies suggested that VSL could be used to increase speed limit at the bottleneck of work zones.

Drone Radars

The effectiveness of drone radars to alert drivers depends on the number of radar detectors. It has been reported that radar drones are not effective in reducing vehicle speed.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Public response in supporting intelligent transportation systems (ITS) deployment was found to be very positive (95%). However, its technologies are inefficient in decreasing speeds or increasing diversion in cases of low traffic volume. The type of ITS setting plays an important role in deter- mining the driver’s preferred speed through work zones. Graphics-based signs are easier for drivers to interpret quickly and result in a greater reduction of mean speeds (13% to 17%).

Driver diversion rate varies from 5.3% to 10% (on average) based on ITS implementation. Finally, crashes could potentially decrease by 2.5% to 10% using ITS.

Auditory Technology

Auditory technology with loudspeakers is an innovative method which draws drivers’ attention to work zones. The effectiveness of loudspeakers varies, and an array of multiple ordinary loudspeakers in an appropriate pattern is found to be the most suitable for long-distance auditory warnings. When this technology was implemented in a mobile work zone, a speed reduction of 2 mph and increased merging distance of 122 ft. were reported.

Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMA) Outperforms Any Other Practice

Studies have suggested that an advance warning system, 400 meters (1,312 ft.) upstream from truck mounted attenuators (TMA), outperforms any other practice. Drivers’ TMA recognition distance can also increase at night due to lower traffic volumes.
Workers are found to be safer and more efficient behind the mobile barrier trailer MBT-1 in most cases. Drivers are also positively affected by the MBT-1, and the mean vehicle speeds (,49.21 mph) past the work zone are faster during daytime hours with the MBT-1 present than without the MBT-1 (,45.24 mph). This difference is more prominent during nighttime hours.

Best Practices for Maximizing Driver Attention to Work Zone Warning Signs

Best Practices for Maximizing Driver Attention to Work Zone Warning Signs

CITATION:
Ukkusuri, S. V., Gkritza, K., Qian, X., & Sadri, A. M. (2016). Best practices for maximizing driver attention to work zone warning signs (Joint Transportation Research Program Publication

KEYWORDS:
work zone safety, tma trucks, synthesis, implementation, technology, alerting drivers,

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About SPA Safety Systems

SPA Safety Systems in Flanders NJ is a family-owned and operated business celebrating over 36 years of serving the construction industry. We developed our reputation for excellence by providing quality products and superior service.

You can find an extensive invent of best-in-class and high-performance TMA trucks for Work Zone Safety and Scissor Lift Trucks for sale or rent in New Jersey, PA, NY, CT, RI, and MD. We carry an extensive inventory of Truck Mounted Attenuator trucks for sale or rent, and equipment and parts inventory.

For more information call (973) 347-1101 or visit our TMA trucks web page at https://spasafetysystems.com/ .

SPA Safety Systems

278 Old Ledgewood Rd

Flanders, NJ 07836

(973) 347-1101

Truck Mounted Attenuators, TMA Trucks, Traffic Control Trucks, Scorpion TMA, Cone Trucks, Impact Attenuator and
TMA Trucks For Sale, Built to Specifications and for Rent at SPA Safety Systems.

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TMA CRASHES CAUGHT ON CAMERA by TrafFix Devices Scorpion Attenuators

TMA CRASHES CAUGHT ON CAMERA by TrafFix Devices Scorpion Attenuators

Video compilations of TMA Truck Crashes caught on camera by TrafFix Devices Scorpion Attenuators.

Real live action crashes and crash tests. TMA trucks are also known as attenuator trucks, crash trucks, or safety trucks and they have one basic purpose – to save lives of drivers and highway workers. SPA Safety Systems.

Scorpion’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce0B8jyvE9o


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SPA Safety Systems

At SPA Safety Systems of Flanders NJ, contractors and engineers can find the best in class and high-performance TMA trucks for work zone safety in New Jersey, PA, NY, CT, RI, or MD.

We carry an extensive inventory of Truck Mounted Attenuator trucks, Cone Trucks and Scissor Lift Trucks for sale or rent, and equipment and parts inventory. For more information call (973) 347-1101 or visit our dust control water trucks web page at https://spasafetysystems.com/.

 

SPA Safety Systems
278 Old Ledgewood Rd
Flanders, NJ 07836

(973) 347-1101

TMA Work Zone Safety Portable Positive Protection

TMA Work Zone Safety Portable Positive Protection

TMA trucks are also known as attenuator trucks, crash trucks, or safety trucks has one basic purpose – to save lives.

Truck Mounted Attenuator trucks have an attenuator crash-absorbent system attached to them so that they can easily be deployed anywhere at any given time. In essence, these are trucks that come with their own enormous crumple zone. TMA trucks are deployed behind moving operations such as trucks dropping traffic cones or painting lines on roads, protecting workers as they perform their duties along the working area. They are also useful as an alternative to Fitch barriers, sand filled drums, in work zones that are stationary.

If used properly, these safety trucks can easily slow down oncoming cars quickly enough such that cars won’t crash into the work zone. However, they don’t stop so quickly that the people inside the cars are injured.

TMA Work Zone Safety has become a common sight these days and there are even autonomous TMA trucks entering the marketplace which may eliminate the need for human drivers.  This will lead to one less employee having to be in the truck should it be hit harshly.  Constant research and advancement in this technology have made it safer for the employees without having to compromise the safety of the travelers.

TMA Trucks promoting portable positive protection

Portable positive protection applies to those approved devices that provide crashworthy levels of protection that are acceptable. They are portable and quick to install and remove as compared to traditional devices. These devices are known as TMA trucks in the industry.

While temporary portable concrete barriers are generally considered apt for use on long term projects (projects lasting more than 3 days), the proper definition of portable would be a device that is quickly deployable when it comes to shorter work operations. TMA trucks are amazingly portable and they are equipped with positive protection attenuators that can easily absorb crash impacts.  TMA Trucks promote Work Zone Safety as they can easily be placed and moved from the path of travel at work sites to provide better protection in the work zones for both long and short-term operations.

There has been an increased focus on the usage of TMA Trucks or positive protection for ensuring protection of workers by separating workers and traffic in work zones physically. Portable Positive Protection protects both the workers as well as road users.

TMA Trucks are especially useful in work zones where there is traffic congestion since they can easily be moved in order to reopen traffic lanes quickly as per the need. Additionally, portable positive protection might also be less intrusive than other traditional methods and thus might reduce congestion and delay. Motorists should also be protected from any hazard they may encounter by intruding into the workspace inadvertently.  Improved work productivity is also a benefit of portable positive protection because the workers recognize that they are exposed less to traffic hazards and that they can focus more on the given project due to having more confidence of their safety. This will help reduce the overall work time while also improving their efficiency and help offset the portable positive protection installation time.

Best ways of using TMA Trucks to promote TMA Work Zone Safety

  • The Federal Highway Administration recommends TMA trucks for any moving freeway application as well as for stationary ones. Even for non-freeway roads, it is recommended that TMA use should be considered depending on the road’s speed and other conditions.
  • The Federal Highway Administration offers guidelines on how you can place the TMA truck. In general, the buffer between the TMA truck and the first vehicle or worker to be protected should be a little bigger if it is being used in moving operations. A stationary operation in traffic that isn’t moving any faster than 45 mph needs a buffer of just 74 feet, but a moving operation on a highway with high speeds would require the front of the TMA trucks to be at least 172 feet behind the working area.
  • Ensuring that all TMA drivers are trained and highly qualified. It is the responsibility of the TMA drivers to ensure that the TMA or protective vehicles are in a proper position for protecting crew members from errant vehicles. The TMA Truck drivers should be alert, attentive, and keep a keen eye on the surrounding traffic and roadway conditions. The TMA Truck drivers should be aware of their roles in keeping their colleagues and other vehicles on the road safe.
  • Always have an emergency plan in place if things take a turn for the worse. Think about whom to call if someone hits the TMA. Hire someone who is trained in CPR and first aid. While it is highly unlikely that you’ll experience such an incident but you should still plan for the worst. You can track incidents via mobile forms as it’ll allow you to easily capture snapshots of the scene, insert GPS maps, document police details, and store this information securely for instant access.

 

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About SPA Safety Systems

SPA Safety Systems in Flanders NJ is a family-owned and operated business celebrating over 36 years of serving the construction industry. We developed our reputation for excellence by providing quality products and superior service.

You can find an extensive invent of best-in-class and high-performance TMA trucks for Work Zone Safety and Scissor Lift Trucks for sale or rent in New Jersey, PA, NY, CT, RI, and MD. We carry an extensive inventory of Truck Mounted Attenuator trucks for sale or rent, and equipment and parts inventory.

For more information call (973) 347-1101 or visit our TMA trucks web page at https://spasafetysystems.com/ .

SPA Safety Systems

278 Old Ledgewood Rd

Flanders, NJ 07836

(973) 347-1101

Truck Mounted Attenuators, TMA Trucks, Traffic Control Trucks, Scorpion TMA, Cone Trucks, Impact Attenuator and
TMA Trucks For Sale, Built to Specifications and for Rent at SPA Safety Systems.

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