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!

Construction Sites Need Hurricane Prep, Too

The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1, and most storm forecasters are calling for a busy year with many storms and a higher-than-average number of strong storms. Being prepared is key to weathering a tropical storm or hurricane, and it’s not just homeowners who need to be ready if a big storm hits. Preparing your construction site for a hurricane is important to minimize damage and liability if a strong storm makes landfall. See the recommendations for securing your construction site ahead of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Preparing Your Construction Site for a Hurricane
Being prepared for a big storm minimizes damage to a construction site and reduces a construction company’s liability. Both save time and money, allowing construction to resume faster after a storm has passed. It’s advised that a construction company write a Hurricane Preparation Plan before any storm is near that outlines what must be done to prepare and who is responsible for doing it. This may also include working with local building departments.

Your Hurricane Preparation Plan should include:

  1. Securing the job site. Materials, machines, and tools must be secured or removed so that they do not become airborne in the high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane. Include any signs, construction fencing, trash, dumpsters, and portable bathrooms in the plan.
  2. Secure paperwork like plans and other documents, and electronics, in a safe location.
  3. Protect in-progress utility systems from sand and water, both from rain and storm surge.
  4. Cut power to the site and enact plans for utilizing power generators and fuel after the storm.
  5. Enact plans for water removal, such as placing pumps in basements or excavations so they are ready to go as soon as it’s safe.
  6. Remove or secure hazardous chemicals as construction companies are on the hook for cleanup if any hazardous chemicals make it into the environment.
  7. Ensure the security of buildings or structures. Take steps to make sure your construction projects and adjacent buildings are boarded up and secure.

Remember to assess the damage to your construction site after the storm has passed with extreme caution.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years in the Sunshine State, and serving Central Florida for over 50 years, so we’ve seen our share of major hurricanes! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project! 

Sealcoating Considerations for Central Florida

Living in Central Florida comes with many benefits — theme parks, beaches, sunshine, and fresh seafood, just to name a few! However, there are also so important considerations for living and working in the world-renowned Sunshine State, especially if your work involves construction projects. For example, asphalt sealcoating requires a little special attention if you want the end result to be top-notch. At Tucker Paving, we hate to see a good job gone bad, so we want to draw your attention to just a couple of details.

Asphalt Sealcoating in Central Florida
First off, you should be aware that the ultraviolet rays from the hot Florida sun can wreak havoc on your asphalt. The intense radiation will dry out the surface of the paving and evaporate the oil out of the asphalt, leading to unsightly cracks. Sealcoating will help prolong the life of your asphalt by providing a protective barrier against the brutal UV rays. 

Another benefit to sealcoating your asphalt surface is that it provides a sealant to keep water and other fluids from soaking into the pavement and causing damage. Since many areas in Central Florida are prone to flooding, this is a clear benefit. However, since Central Florida is also prone to sudden, severe rainstorms, especially at certain times of the year, you’ll need to watch the weather report before you conduct your sealing project. Rain can easily wash away a fresh sealcoating, nullifying all that work you just put in.

Tucker Paving recommends sealcoating an asphalt surface about six to 12 months after the initial paving. You should also allow the fresh asphalt to cure through an entire summer before coating it. After the sealcoating has been applied, you’ll need to keep all traffic off of the pavement for about 48 to 72 hours.

Tucker Paving for Asphalt Care
Whether you need a driveway resealed or a parking lot freshly paved, Tucker Paving can handle the job. Big or small, Tucker Paving is ready to tackle any and all of your paving projects – so give us a call today!

There’s More to Parking Lot Striping Than You Think

Parking lot striping, the process of painting a parking lot with the lines that mark parking spaces and other signage like handicapped parking and traffic lines, might seem like a simple process. However, there is a lot more to parking lot striping than you might think! Explore all of the details of parking lot striping that are crucial for the safety and functionality of a parking lot.

Parking Lot Striping Details
Parking lot striping is what tells drivers where (and where not!) to drive, where to park, and so on. Without adequate striping, a parking lot would turn into a free-for-all with drivers parking haphazardly and driving where they shouldn’t; this increases the danger of an accident involving both pedestrians and other vehicles. Parking lot striping keeps a parking lot as orderly and as safe as possible.

There is a lot of planning that goes into designing parking lot striping, such as how wide parking spots and driving lanes (called aisles) will be, if parking stalls will be slanted, straight, or parallel, the desired flow of traffic, choosing handicapped parking, and delineating areas for pedestrians.

Stripes in parking lots are four inches wide and 15 or 18 inches long, and it usually takes at least two coats of paint to create a stripe that is 15 milliliters thick so that it is bright, visible, and long-lasting. How parking lot stripers go about painting stripes in a parking lot will depend on whether they are painting a new layout, painting restripes, or painting resurfaced restripes.

The type of paint used is also important. Usually, parking lot stripers will use oil-based paint, called alkyd, for restripes and new layouts. Latex paint is most often used for parking lots that have been resurfaced, but latex can also be used for new layouts and restriping as well.

Parking stalls, or where vehicles are parked, are usually nine feet by 18 feet to accommodate all sizes of vehicles, but cities can have different zoning guidelines that must be followed. Furthermore, handicapped parking stalls must have a minimum of eight feet of clearance width-wise and have a minimum of five feet of clearance for an access way; again, these numbers may be different depending on the zoning requirements of different cities.

Aisles usually need to be 22 feet between straight parking stalls, but many parking lots utilize 24-foot aisles throughout the parking lot to offer sufficient clearance for vehicles to back out of parking spots. Angled parking stalls require aisles that are just 16 feet wide, but aisles have to be one-way. Lastly, parallel parking stalls need 22 feet of aisle if the traffic is two-way and 12 feet if traffic is one-way.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the concrete and asphalt paving construction industry. We offer site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next project!  

Keep ADA Rules in Mind During Construction and Alterations

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, and its requirements took effect in 1992. In short, the ADA requires that buildings such as public accommodations, commercial facilities, and local and state government facilities be built so that all individuals—regardless of their ability—are able to use a building with minimal impediment. Make sure you are constructing or remodeling your buildings and spaces to comply with ADA requirements or expect heavy consequences.

Complying With ADA Requirements
The purpose of the ADA is to give everyone equal access. Ensuring that your building or space provides equal access to those with handicaps is the right thing to do. It can also be costly to do otherwise. Fines can be between $55,000 to $75,000 for the first offense, and double that for additional offenses. Additionally, not complying with the ADA can leave you open to lawsuits.

There are many ADA requirements for commercial buildings, but some of the most common include:

  • Hardware on doors that everyone can access.
  • Public and company bathrooms that can be accessed by anyone.
  • Parking that is accessible to those with disabilities and have it labeled and enforced as such.
  • Wide door frames to allow wheelchairs to fit through.
  • Drinking fountains that are accessible to all.
  • Flooring that does not restrict or impede mobility.
  • Grab bars and railings in locations where they could be needed.
  • Handicap ramps and/or installing curb cuts; a building is required to have 60 percent of entrances and exits be accessible to those with disabilities.
  • Furniture and other furnishings, or any feature, that do not create barriers to receiving service.

Find the complete list of requirements in the ADA Checklist.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We are very familiar with ADA requirements for residential, commercial, and municipal construction regarding sidewalks, curbs, and more. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our experts handle your next paving project! 

Know How to Keep Workers Safe in the Florida Heat

Florida’s summers can be brutally hot and humid, and it’s especially dangerous for those working outdoors in the heat. Construction workers are prime candidates for suffering from a hot Florida day, with those in roofing and road work being at a higher risk. There are many factors at play that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, both of which are dangerous health conditions. As Florida’s temperatures and humidity rise, it’s important to know how to keep workers safe.

Factors That Lead to Heat-Related Illnesses
There are many factors that put workers at risk of developing heat-related illnesses while on the job. Construction companies and those in supervisory roles need to look for:

  • No Time for Heat Acclimation. Those working in a hot environment, such as outdoors in Florida, need time to get acclimated to hot and humid conditions. When the weather slowly warms up over a period of days, the body can adjust and acclimate to higher temperatures. However, if hot temperatures come on quickly, or if a new or returning worker is just starting to work in hot conditions, then heat-related illnesses are much more likely.
  • High Humidity. The body cools itself by sweating, and the sweat is evaporated off the skin; this cools the body down. However, Florida’s common high humidity in the rainy season means that sweat is less likely to evaporate. Then, the body can’t cool itself and heat-related illnesses are much more likely.
  • Too Much Clothing. Many construction sectors require workers to wear pants, cover their arms, and more. Clothing can hold in heat and restrict sweat evaporation.
  • Dehydration. Workers must drink water or sports drinks to replace liquids lost from sweating. Soda, coffee, and alcohol can increase dehydration.
  • Health Conditions. Many health conditions and medications increase susceptibility to heat-related illnesses. Different workers will have varying tolerances to heat.
  • Supervisors should watch for the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke—thirst, irritability, rash, cramping, lack of sweating, confusion, disorientation, slurred speech, or unconsciousness. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that should involve calling 911 and moving the affected worker somewhere cool and shaded. Supervisors and employees should be trained to recognize the signs of both heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

 

Don’t Skimp on the Safety Walkaround

At Tucker Paving, we take the safety of our workers and clients very seriously. One way we demonstrate this commitment is by conducting safety walkarounds. What is a safety walkaround? Glad you asked! A safety walkaround is basically a tour of the jobsite with the intention of finding and correcting any safety concerns.

The Safety Walkaround, Broken Down
There are three stages to a safety walkaround, and each stage plays an important part in the overall safety of the entire team. At Tucker Paving, we don’t believe in cutting corners, so when we do a safety check, we make sure it’s done right.

  1. Pre-inspection. Before starting any walkaround, it’s important to identify any areas of concern, plus schedule a time that will be convenient for any managers, officials, or safety committee members that should be involved. Make sure that any necessary equipment will be ready, and that you have the appropriate attire for the worksite.
  2. Inspection time. While doing the walkaround, keep a sharp eye out for things that be potential safety issues, such as tripping hazards, blocked exits, poorly maintained equipment, frayed or exposed electrical components, needless clutter, etc.
  3. Post-inspection. A report and abatement plan should be drafted soon after the inspection which includes a timeline for corrective actions to be taken. This should be shared with all involved parties and updated as improvements are implemented.

Better Safe Than Sorry
At Tucker Paving, we work hard to ensure our work is done on time, within budget, and safely. The well-being of our workers and clients is of paramount importance to us. When you need paving work done, trust Tucker Paving to get the job done right. Give us a call at (863) 294-1007 for an estimate, or email us at info@tuckerpaving.com for more information.

Don’t Fall Victim to Paving Scams

Nobody likes being cheated, so protect yourself from asphalt scams by calling a REAL pro – like Tucker Paving.

It’s a sad fact that our world is full of individuals looking to make an easy buck by taking advantage of other people through lies and deception. Scam artists abound in just about every arena, including the world of construction and paving. Here at Tucker Paving, we truly abhor hearing stories about good citizens getting ripped off by shady contractors and crooked con artists.

Buyer Beware
We at Tucker Paving have heard some real horror stories of people paying thousands of dollars for shoddy work that wasn’t even completed by swindlers who had no business running any type of equipment. Protect yourself from being a victim by following a few easy steps.

  • Have the work done on YOUR terms. First off, if you need your driveway paved, call a few reputable companies for estimates and go with the one you feel most confident about. Don’t give an important job to someone who just wanders up to your doorstep unexpectedly to offer you a deal too good to be true.
  • Check their credentials. Any legitimate company will make it easy for you to ascertain their certification and credibility. If they can’t show you that they’re appropriately licensed, assume that they aren’t.
  • Be suspicious of huge discounts. Scammers often offer their services at ridiculously low prices. If someone offers to do a job at a significantly lower rate than any other company in the area, watch out. There’s a good chance they will just take your money and disappear.
  • Get it in writing. Verbal contracts are difficult to enforce, so get everything in writing. They don’t want to sign a proper contract? Tell them to get lost!

Protect Yourself
Thieves know what they’re doing, and they know it’s wrong. Don’t count on them to suddenly change. Protect yourself, your property, and your investments by knowing what to watch out for, and when you need a professional company to handle your paving needs, count on Tucker Paving.

Go Green With Your Next Paving Project

Green options can be affordable and aesthetic for patios, walkways, and more.

Going green is a big deal these days, with the increasingly worrisome news about global climate concerns. There is always something we can do as individuals to lessen our environmental impact, especially when we undertake construction or paving projects. Tucker Paving understands the urgency of taking better care of the land we use, and we do what we can to encourage our clients to use environmentally friendly strategies in their projects, like using green designs for patios and walkways.

Going Green in Paving Projects
The good news is that using green options for patios and walkways can be an affordable choice. Using bricks or pavers will have a comparable cost to good quality concrete. Tucker Paving can walk you through all of your options.

  • Use recycled materials. One of the best ways to reduce environmental impact is by using reclaimed materials instead of new ones. This drastically reduces the amount of energy and resources used to produce the materials for your project, plus it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  • Use permeable paving solutions. Driveways, walkways, and patios can be made from gravel, spaced bricks, pavers, stone, and other materials that allow more water to seep into the soil, reducing runoff that can pollute local bodies of water.
  • Use local materials. Whenever possible, opt for locally produced materials. This is another way to decrease the amount of energy used to transport materials from the production site to the construction site.

Go Green to Show You Care
The truth is, we all need to share this one planet for generations to come, so it’s up to all of us to do our part to take care of it. Tucker Paving is committed to good environmental stewardship, and we are happy to talk to you about how you can reduce your impact in your next paving project, just give us a call!