Students Create Custom Street Signs

April 17, 2014 by

Street signs prevent accidents. But if nobody reads or at least notices those road traffic signs, then they’re as good as invisible.

The city administrators of Middleton, Wis. understand this, so they asked the help of local high school students to produce creative road signs through a competition. According to a Wisconsin State Journal article, Middleton hopes the artistic designs and messages can catch people’s attention and promote safety. Now, with the help of humorous and poetic signs, they can better address road safety issues such as speeding, texting while driving, and sharing the road with bikers.

Custom Traffic & Parking Signs

Using customized signs grabs much more attention than just using the same old sign.

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National Work Zone Awareness Week: A Need for (Slow) Speed

April 8, 2014 by

Work zones are high-risk work environments  where road construction and maintenance are performed. As such, it is important that employers and employees are aware of these ever-present dangers. National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), now in its second decade, provides the highway industry an opportunity to remind both personnel and the general public about safety practices in work zones.

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Following the proper speed keeps workers safe.

Small Beginnings That Lead to A National Event

The first known Work Zone Awareness Week was held in 1997, from the 7th April to the 11th. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) office in Bristol District, southwestern Virginia, decided to allocate a week to raise awareness on work zone safety, before the year’s road work projects began. The initiative was a success, and the program was brought to the VDOT’s statewide work zone safety manager and engineer, as well as the agency’s public affairs office.

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Share the Road!

April 4, 2014 by

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Slow down and share the road doesn’t only apply for bikers. As the weather warms up, Department of Transportation maintenance crews move to repair the roads during their busiest time of year, summer.

Work Zone awareness week kicks off this week April 11- 17, 2014, and this years week bring extra attention to the consequences that could result from speeding through a work zone. Not only fines and jail time but perhaps a life.

It could be argued that the risk facing road workers is significantly higher than general constructions workers. Nationwide an estimated 12 billion vehicle miles of travel each year will be through active work zones and approximately one work zone fatality occurs every 10 hours (2.3 a day). However, workers being struck by motorists passing through only accounts for half of fatalities within a work zone, the other half happen within.

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Choosing Safety Eyewear: An In-Depth Look

April 3, 2014 by
Jackson Safety® Nemesis™ Eyewear

A stylish way to protect your eyes from eye injuries.

Are you aware of the various types of hazards that pose a threat to eye injuries in your workplace? According to the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 2,000 workers sustain eye injuries requiring medical treatment each year, with hundreds of these injuries resulting in lost work time.

Many of these wounds came from small particles or objects such as wood chips, dust, cement, etc that strike the eye. If you suspect that your workers are exposed to these potential eye abrasions, it is your responsibility as employers to ensure that they are safe and protected.

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Distracted on the Job

April 2, 2014 by

With ever evolving technology, social media and smart phones, often times many can’t fend off the urge for a status update during the workday. Technology is a large distraction within the workplace however it is not the only distraction to be mindful of.

Even the slightest distraction of just 2.8 seconds long doubles the likelihood that an employee will make an error. Increase the length of distraction to 4.4 seconds, and the number of mistakes triples.
In positions where those errors could mean serious injury or even death, it is important to have policies in place to help curb the likelihood of these dangerous occurrences.

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Some of the most obvious but often overlooked distractions many encounter at work are stress and pressure. When workers are under pressure to get a job done quickly, they often shift their focus to completing a task, leaving safety as an afterthought. Personal conflicts and coworker chit chat are other common distractions.
While ridding the workplace completely of these distractions is impossible and in some cases detrimental to team moral and creativity, providing and enforcing guidelines will help to maintain safety as a top priority.


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