5 Technology Safety Methods: Making Road Construction Safer for Regular Road Users
We here at Cornejo & Sons take safety very seriously. We know that throughout the year there are many accidents at construction sites, and we do our best to prevent such tragedies. New technologies are being developed and some trends are already in motion to lower and prevent deaths in construction zones. The American Traffic Safety Services Association, or ATSSA, has discovered various causes and narrowed them down to the five most general.
- Wrong-Way Driving. This attests to one of the largest problems and causes of roadway construction accidents. To prevent this, LaneAlert2x is a device that displays messages or colors telling drivers where it’s safe to drive before they make a mistake.
- Equipment/Vehicle Technologies. In recent years, trucks, cars, and other vehicles have obtained cameras and alert technology that notifies a driver of obstacles they would have otherwise missed. With the use of such technology, work-zone awareness can spread to both the workers and the drivers.
- Wearable Technologies. This development allows workers to wear a device that alerts them when a vehicle has entered a work zone. The device alerts the wearer through vibrations, audio, and a flashing light. This lets workers know what’s happening around them, enabling them to be more aware and cautious.
- Remote Monitoring. The idea behind remote monitoring is to relay information between workers and road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. With the use of drones, LIDAR, and sensors, information about a construction site can be accurately assessed.
- Smarter Work Zones. One of the more common accidents that occurs during construction happens when traffic becomes congested. Eric Perry, the senior technical advisor for ATSSA, states, “More than 30 percent of their work zone fatalities are occurring at the back of a queue.” Several programs have been developed to prevent these misfortunes. However, due to the extra cost of $5,000 for putting them into place, they haven’t been adopted as thoroughly as they should be.
Knowing the steps that are being taken to prevent fatalities is a great start, but beginning to implement the means is another matter. Identifying the cause of accidents can lead to better understanding of how accidents happen, and then we can build to prevent those accidents.