11 Cone Truck Features For Best Safety Practices By SPA Safety Systems

11 Cone Truck Features For Best Safety Practices By SPA Safety Systems

11 Cone Truck Features For Best Safety Practices by SPA Safety System

Safety in the work zone is very important.

A Cone Truck is a great example of a combination of safety and functionality. This truck offers a safe as well as efficient way to transport and deploy the cones, barrels and much more used on a highway work zone.

A cone truck requires three people – A driver and two more individuals at the rear of the truck. One person hands cones, barrels or other lane closure devices to the person standing in the basket. The person in the basket then places each device in its proper place on the road while in motion and safe in the truck. Cone trucks are followed by TMA trucks to protect them during deployment and collection of devices.

 

Here are the 11 safety features of a cone truck built by SPA Safety Systems:

1. A steel body of 20 foot x 8ft wide: Provides ample room for storage of a large amount of traffic closure devices.

1. A steel body of 20 foot x 8ft wide: Provides ample room for storage of a large amount of traffic closure devices.  This reduces time of deployment and collection due to less trips back to the storage yard to collect more.  Reducing production costs and worker exposure on the highway.

2. Side racks which are custom welded: It is important to store the equipment inside the cone truck properly in order to ensure the cone truck safety.

2. Side racks which are custom welded: It is important to store the equipment inside the cone truck properly in order to ensure the cone truck safety. The strongly welded side racks are perfect to carry larger payloads and ensure that cargo stays secure in the confines of the truck bed.

3. E-tracks: The focus while transporting any equipment is always on it’s safety and preventing damage during transit.

3. E-tracks: The focus while transporting any equipment is always on it’s safety and preventing damage during transit. E- track is a long rail having the versatility of multiple points to anchor to with a high strength to support the payload being secured.

4. LED spotlights to illuminate the work area: LED lights are the best source of light versus traditional lights.

4. LED spotlights to illuminate the work area: LED lights are the best source of light versus traditional lights. The LED lights use very little electrical draw compared to standard lights which allows more to added to the truck without being detrimental to the truck’s electrical system. They also greatly increase visibility for the workers on the jobsite. The LED lights have a longer life expectancy, and do not require bulb changes. They can last as long as 25 years.

5. LED Amber lights: The LED Amber lights are the most popular lights for the cone truck safety. They are visible 360 degree around the truck. Amber is a warning light color and are generally used by the non-emergency vehicles. It is incredibly easy to see in Amber lighting which makes it a plus point for the drivers and the workers. These LED Amber lights are used by professionals due to the reliability and versatility.

6. A custom made man basket: It is the most unique and versatile feature of the Cone Truck.

6. A custom made man basket: It is the most unique and versatile feature of the Cone Truck. It is attached at the rear end of the truck close to the ground to allow the workers easier cone or device deployment to the road. Either left or right side can used for deployment, and they also have D rings in order to tether a safety harness.

7. A closed-circuit TV system: This feature provides a link between the driver and the workers to get the work done efficiently and safely.

7. A closed-circuit TV system: This feature provides a link between the driver and the workers to get the work done efficiently and safely. The TV system allows the driver to access a view of the rear platform to ensure that they are safe as the truck is driven during cone deployment.

8. Intercom Mounted to Dash: This Intercom system maintains a constant communication between the workers in the basket and the driver

8. Intercom Mounted to Dash: This Intercom system maintains a constant communication between the workers in the basket and the driver, with a constantly open channel allowing the workers to still use their hands to complete their task. With its help, the driver is able to hear everything happening at the rear end of the truck in addition to seeing on the closed circuit tv.

9. Traffic safety sign Holders: The two sturdy and dedicated holders sized 4’ x 4’ to fit a standard traffic safety sign.

9. Traffic safety sign Holders: The two sturdy and dedicated holders sized 4’ x 4’ to fit a standard traffic safety sign. Located near the rear of the truck close to the basket they securely hold the signs near the rear basket to allow for more convenient deployment and collection of each sign.

10. DOT Reflective Tape: DOT tape increases the trucks visibility

10. DOT Reflective Tape: DOT tape increases the trucks visibility to other vehicles on the highway while they are traveling.

11. A gate near the bulkhead with swing open access: Due to the 20 foot length of the cone truck and the rear basket a gate near the bulkhead allows for loading pallets of cones more conveniently via forklift

11. A gate near the bulkhead with swing open access: Due to the 20 foot length of the cone truck and the rear basket a gate near the bulkhead allows for loading pallets of cones more conveniently via forklift.


About

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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