Monthly Archives: June 2021

The Increased Need for Caution in Work Zones

Safety should be the leading priority on any worksite, but it’s especially important in roadway and highway safety zones. Work zones present risks for both workers and those within the vehicles traveling adjacent to work zones. Additionally, those vehicles are out of the workers’ control, and oftentimes there is not much between a road worker and an oncoming vehicle. Unfortunately, work zone fatalities have been on the rise. Explore the increasing importance of safety in work zones as the summer season kicks off an increase in work zones on roadways.

Work Zone Fatalities Increase
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state Departments of Transportation, and other organizations issued an entreaty in late April for drivers on U.S. highways and roadways to do their part to decrease work zone fatalities.

According to FHWA data, 842 people lost their lives in accidents in highway work zones in 2019, an 11.2 percent increase over the 757 deaths in 2018. The FHWA maintains that it’s the largest increase in work zone deaths since 2006.

The FHWA also maintained that four out of every five of those deaths were actually vehicle drivers or vehicle occupants, meaning that highway work zones are a danger for both those working in them and those in vehicles driving through highway work zones.

Causes of Work Zone Fatalities
The FHWA’s data points to distracted driving as the chief cause of most highway work zone accidents. Drivers who are not paying attention to the numerous signs, traffic cones, and safety barriers that announce work zones and lane closures are more likely to crash into other vehicles, highway equipment, and safety barriers.

Drivers should stay alert when driving, avoid distracted driving by ignoring text messages and phone calls (which is the law in many states and cities) while driving, and should slow down when approaching and going through highway and roadway work zones.

One life lost in a highway work zone is one too many, and we can all do our part to lower the number of fatalities in roadway and highway work zones.

At Tucker Paving, safety is always our leading priority! We have?over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we know the importance of safety in highway work zones. Contact us by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online, for help with your upcoming concrete or asphalt paving project!?  

What Happened to My Pavement?

Asphalt paving has a long life if properly installed and maintained. However, there are many issues that can arise if asphalt is not properly installed or maintained, and many of them can lead to your asphalt pavement becoming cracked, broken, and degraded if not corrected soon enough. If you’re having issues with your pavement, it’s likely caused by one or more of the issues outlined below. Contact a trusted asphalt pavement specialist like Tucker Paving to help remedy your asphalt driveway or parking lot’s issues.

Asphalt Pavement Problems

These are the most common issues you’re likely to see with your asphalt driveway or parking lot:

Cracks and Other Structural Issues. If your asphalt pavement has problems with any part of its structure—the surface layer, base, or sub-grade—then the overall structure will fail. You’ll see this in longitudinal cracks that run parallel to each other in the same direction. Eventually, latitudinal cracks will also form; these are called alligator cracks because they resemble the scales of an alligator. Cracks let in water and more that cause your asphalt to deteriorate and break apart. Asphalt that is cracking needs to be patched or sometimes replaced altogether.

Issues With the Elements. While Floridians don’t need to worry too much about water freezing in cracks in their asphalt and causing damage, extreme heat and high levels of rain can also pose problems for asphalt. The sun’s UV rays can degrade asphalt, and water that pools on the asphalt or gets into cracks will eventually erode the asphalt. Sealcoating is a good option for protecting and maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot.

Excessive Loads. Asphalt is designed to withstand a certain weight, but it can become damaged if too much weight is put on it or if too much weight is put in one spot for too long. Asphalt experts like Tucker Paving can help you to ensure you are not putting too much weight on your asphalt driveway or parking lot.

Oil and Gas Leaks. Both driveways and parking lots are prone to collecting oil and gas from leaking vehicles. Unfortunately, both are corrosive to asphalt, and these leaks can degrade it. Sealcoating and cleaning up oil and gas stains are both options that can combat the corrosive nature of oil and gas if used in a timely manner.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with asphalt repair or paving! 

Great Topics on Tap for 2021 NAPA Midyear Meeting

The National Asphalt Paving Association’s (NAPA) Midyear Meeting is slated for July 18-21. It’s an event for contractors, DOT personnel, construction managers, environmental managers, engineers, designers, estimators, business executives, upper management, young professionals, vendors and more. The event will be filled with committee meetings and educational sessions that are focused on promoting and advancing the asphalt pavement industry. See details of the event below.

What to Expect
Keynote sessions and micro-sessions that highlight innovative projects, regulatory updates, and technological advances.

Sessions planned for the NAPA Midyear Meeting include:

  • Workzone Safety Micro-Session: WatchForUs: Raising Awareness to Protect Workers
  • Environmental Health & Safety Micro-Session: Developing a Silica Respiratory Protection Program for Asphalt Mix Plants
  • Asphalt Marketing Micro-Session: Countering Concrete’s Competitive Claims: What’s Working?
  • Legislative Micro-Session: What the Emerging Infrastructure Bills in Congress Mean for the Asphalt Pavement Industry
  • Pavement Economics: LCCA Micro-Session: Reevaluating Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Sitting in on select committee meetings to learn about the industry and share your input and expertise. Examples of committee meetings at the NAPA Midyear Meeting include:

  • Communications Committee meeting 
  • Political Action Committee Meeting
  • Committee for Engineering Application and Practice
  • Legislative Committee

Create and strengthen relationships with fellow members and NAPA’s leadership. Networking opportunities at the meeting include:

  • Refreshment breaks
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and general sessions
  • A networking reception

Participants can attend in person or virtually. Save on registration fees by registering before June 30. Those wishing to attend can register here.

At Tucker Paving, we offer?over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry. We put our expertise to good use for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online,?to let us know how we can assist you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!?

 

Construction Site Is No Place for Distracted Driving

A lot of people taking driving for granted, whether it is driving a personal vehicle to and from work, taking a leisurely joy ride on a day off or using a work vehicle on the job. People will eat, fiddle with the radio, or use their phones for texts or calls while behind the wheel, and this behavior is simply not safe. Driving any vehicle is a potentially dangerous task that requires an individual’s full attention at all times, and this is especially true on any construction site. At Tucker Paving, we are serious about safety.

Distracted Driving Is Just Dangerous
Because construction sites are typically filled with heavy machinery, loud noises and people moving about, precautions need to be taken to ensure everyone’s safety. There is a lot of driving required in construction, too, whether it’s moving people from site to site or transporting materials from one area to another.

What Can You Do?
Take these steps to combat distracted driving on the construction site:

  1. Put your phone away. Eliminating the temptation to check social media and text messages can help you maintain your focus.
  2. Stay aware of your surroundings. Just because you aren’t distracted doesn’t mean others aren’t. Stay aware of your surroundings and watch for others who are not paying attention.
  3. Set aside a time for tasks. If you find that you’re always checking your phone messages to secure childcare or make appointments, set aside a time when you can devote your attention solely to those tasks.
  4. Stop what you’re doing. If you do happen to get a call or text while driving, pull over to answer.

 Tucker Paving is committed to the safety of our workers and the public, and we do everything in our power to prevent accidents, including leaving our phones alone while we are operating any kind of motor vehicle. We strongly encourage all of our fellow construction workers, no matter what their specialty, to do the same.

Count on Tucker Paving for Our Undivided Attention
You know that when you hire Tucker Paving for a job, we are going to give every detail our full attention until the work is done. This ensures the quality of our projects and decreases the incidence of accidence. Demand nothing less from any company you do business with!