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Essential Safety Precautions for the Paving Industry

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the US with a high rate of injuries and fatalities. However, those injuries and deaths are preventable, meaning safety should be the top priority on every jobsite. Giving employees information concerning the most common sources of danger on a jobsite is a good start in any effort to reduce the chances of injuries and fatalities. See the best safety tips for asphalt pavers to minimize your employees’ risk!

Asphalt Paving Safety Tips

  1. Take Care Getting On and Off Equipment. Getting on and off machinery is one of the leading causes of injury for equipment operators. It seems like a simple act that should be safe, but moving machinery, slippery surfaces, and operator carelessness can all lead to injury or worse. Employees operating machinery should check for wet or muddy footwear, wear high-grip gloves, and make sure they have a stable handhold and footrest on at least three points of the machine at all times when entering or exiting.
  2. Give Machinery a Wide Berth. Don’t allow employees to gather around a piece of machinery while it is in use. Those supervising the machine’s operation should do so at a safe distance.
  3. Consider Overhead and Underground Dangers. Train employees to not only consider the dangers around them, but also above and below them. Overhead machinery, tools, or materials that can fall, and underground utilities that can cause damage or electrical shock, should be considered as well.
  4. Stay Safe From Motorists. Ensure that employees are correctly creating safe work zones when working on roads and highways. This includes using barriers and signage that instruct motorists to slow down and keeps employees away from moving vehicles. Similarly, employees should wear high-visibility clothing and gear.
  5. Be Careful During Loading and Unloading. There is a lot going on during the loading and unloading process, and machine rollovers and other injuries are common. Instruct employees to use a spotter, proper tie-down procedures, safety tie wires, and other safety equipment and procedures during loading and unloading.

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Is Your Parking Lot On Point?

Your parking lot creates the first impression customers or clients will have of your business or organization, and you want it to be a good one. Additionally, your parking lot needs to not only look good, but it needs to function in terms of safety and traffic flow. If your parking lot is not on point, and your parking lot striping—the painted lines delineating parking spots, driving areas, and pedestrian crossing areas—is unclear, you may be turning off customers or clients due to safety issues, poor functionality, and fading aesthetics. Explore the signs that may indicate your parking lot is in need of restriping.

Signs of a Parking Lot in Need of Help
There are many indicators that your parking lot is in need of work. They include:

  • An Increase in Bad Parking.
    As striping lines fade from dirt, UV rays, and the elements, it will be harder for drivers to see the lines. Since parking lot striping creates the rules for a parking lot—where a vehicle can park, handicapped parking, driving lanes, and pedestrian crossing areas—then the rules get thrown out when the painted lines fade and are hard to see. You’ll see a lot more parking over the parking spots’ lines, non-handicapped vehicles parking in handicapped spaces, and more.
  • Increases in Bad Driving and Accidents.
    Again, parking lot striping sets the rules for your parking lot. If the painted striping lines are hard for drivers to see, especially when it is raining or dark, then drivers are less likely to follow the parking lot rules. You’ll see vehicles driving across parking spot lines, going the wrong way in driving lanes, driving too fast through pedestrian areas, and more. You’ll also likely see an increase in accidents occurring in your parking lot.
  • Damaged Wheel Stops
    Wheel stops are cement or plastic forms that are installed at the end of parking spots to delineate where the spots end to keep vehicles from driving further into the spot directly across the striping’s center line. If drivers can’t really see a parking spot’s striping to define the spot’s boundaries, they are more likely to pull in too far and hit the wheel stop. If you’re seeing more dings, chips, and other damage to your parking lot’s wheel stops, then it’s likely time to repaint the striping.

It’s recommended to have a parking lot restriped at least every five years, but some parking lots require it more often based on the elements and the amount of traffic; obviously lines will need to be restriped after every overlay installation or sealcoating.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the?concrete and asphalt paving?construction?industry, and we offer sealcoating, pavement resurfacing, and asphalt repair and replacement.?Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for your next project!

 

Site Safety Includes Hearing Protection

Too many construction workers are suffering from premature hearing loss.

At Tucker Paving, we take the safety of our workers seriously. This includes ensuring that they use proper hearing protection on every job. Many people don’t realize the importance of protecting their hearing until it’s too late.

Why You Should Care About Your Hearing
The construction industry is a noisy one, and according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than half of all construction workers have experienced some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, hearing loss is not reversible, so once you lose it, it’s gone.

Starting with the first day on the jobsite, every construction worker should become familiarized with appropriate protective gear, including hearing protection devices. Earplugs are pretty common, but not always very effective. Only about 70 percent of individuals can insert an earplug correctly on the first try. Sometimes, the provided earplugs simply don’t fit a person’s unique ear canal. Also, workers may not want to insert earplugs with dirty hands while working, or waste time removing gloves to do so.

There are advanced hearing protection and communication solutions available. Environmental listening devices muffle loud sounds but amplify sound when things are quieter. This allows for greater auditory situational awareness while still providing adequate hearing protection.

No matter what particular method is used to protect workers’ hearing, the most important component of protection is compliance. Frequently removing hearing protection greatly diminishes its effectiveness. At the end of the day, we at Tucker Paving want all of our employees to go home in good shape and ready for another day.

Count on Tucker Paving
When you have asphalt or paving work that needs to be done, you can rely on Tucker Paving to do a thorough and professional job, while taking all necessary precautions to safeguard not only our own workers but our clients and the general public as well. Count on Tucker Paving to get the job done quickly, correctly, and safely.

Keep Safety at the Forefront of Workers’ Minds

Safety should be the leading priority on every job site, and that means keeping safety in the forefront of workers’ minds. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to cut corners when under a deadline, to reduce costs, or when a problem arises. Many accidents that occur on job sites are behavior-based, rather than the failure of machinery or safety equipment, so ensuring that employees are always focused on safety first can cut down on the majority of safety incidents.

Keeping Safety a Priority for Workers
Safety protocols and procedures require employee adherence in order to work. If employees do not follow safety protocols or procedures for whatever reason, then accidents and injuries will occur. Steps employers can take to get employee buy-in to keep safety the leading priority include:

  • Create a safety culture. Safety should be discussed at every morning meeting, tool talk, and company-led employee gathering. 
  • Start a monthly safety initiative rewards program. Under such a program, employees nominate other employees for going above and beyond with verifiable details, such as a photo, and the nominated employee earns a reward, such as a $50 gift card. Rewards must be tangible and hold real value for employees; an Employee of the Month picture on a break room wall will not cut it.
  • Track near-misses. Companies should not be solely concerned when accidents and injuries occur; they should also take notice when near-misses occur. Employees should be encouraged to report near-misses with the understanding that they will not be in trouble for doing so.
  • Have supervisors, foremen, or superintendents accompany injured workers to get medical treatment. Those who are in the position of ensuring employees comply with safety protocols and procedures are much more likely to do so when they see the effects of injuries on crew members and their families.

At Tucker Paving, safety is always our leading priority! We have?over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry. We use our expertise for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online,?to let us assist you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!? 

Basics of an ADA-Compliant Parking Lot

Striping a parking lot requires good attention to detail, from painting to controlling the flow of traffic to following state and municipal codes. This also includes ensuring your parking lot is ADA-compliant. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, making discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics against the law. Because of this, public accommodations—such as public parking lots—must meet certain accessibility requirements. Explore the basics of an ADA-compliant parking lot.

Ins and Outs of an ADA-Compliant Parking Lot
The ADA is a federal law so all parking lots must adhere to it no matter the state. However, municipal or state building codes may be more intense than the ADA’s regulations.

An ADA-compliant parking lot, as outlined in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, must have:

  • There must be one accessible spot, painted as such and with signage, for every 25 parking spots. 
  • A car-accessible space must be at least 8 feet wide with an access aisle of at least 5 feet, for a total width of 13 feet.
  • For parking lots with 501 to 1,000 spaces, accessible spaces should make up 2 percent of all spaces.
  • For parking lots with 1,001 spaces or more, 20 spaces must be accessible, plus one for every 100 spaces over 1,000.
  • Accessible parking spaces should be located at the shortest acceptable route to the building, which offers the easiest access.
  • A minimum of one of every six accessible parking spaces must be van-accessible, which is 8 feet wide and next to an 8-foot access aisle for a total of 16 feet; if your parking lot only has one accessible parking space, then it must be van-accessible.
  • Access aisles can be shared by two accessible parking spaces.
  • The parking surfaces in the accessible spaces and access aisles have to be firm, stable, slip-resistant, it cannot include changes in levelness, and it can only have a slope up to 1:48-inch.
  • Pedestrian routes, including for those parking in an accessible spot, must be marked with paint that contrasts with the parking lot surface.
  • Each accessible space must include a 5-foot-high sign designating it as accessible with the international symbol of accessibility, with van-accessible spaces being marked as such.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience?in the?asphalt and concrete paving industry, and we are well-versed in meeting ADA requirements for residential, commercial, and municipal construction regarding parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, and more. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or?fill out our?contact form?online, and let us help you with your next concrete or asphalt paving or striping project!? 

First Aid Training a Must for Construction Sites

There are a multitude of things that can go wrong on a construction site as there are so many inherent dangers in the construction industry. The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries, with falls, trips and slips, and crushing accidents causing numerous injuries and deaths every year. This makes it important for employees to have first aid training while on a construction site for many reasons. At Tucker Paving, our employees are required to go through a number of safety trainings and competencies, including First Aid and CPR training.

The Benefits of First Aid Training
First aid training is important for many reasons. Construction sites include heavy machinery, power tools, the danger of falling from heights, the risk of electrical shock, heat-related dangers, the danger of falling objects, trenching dangers, enclosed space dangers, and many more. Having employees trained in first aid, including CPR, means that certified individuals can:

  • Treat minor cuts, abrasions, and burns.
  • Stabilize individuals, including those with broken bones or those in shock, until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Recognize the symptoms of common work-related medical emergencies like heat stroke, carbon monoxide poisoning, concussions, and more.
  • Administer CPR, including using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in the event of a heart attack, electrical shock, or other heart emergency.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of other health emergencies, like heart attack, stroke, low blood sugar, and more, and take appropriate action until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Perform the Heimlich maneuver in the event someone is choking.

There are many certifications that involve attempting to avoid injuries due to the many safety hazards on a construction site, and it is true that every injury is avoidable. However, until every safety hazard is completely foreseen and eliminated, having employees trained in First Aid and CPR is necessary to help treat those illnesses and injuries that do occur. 

We’ve been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years, and safety is our #1 priority! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for any assistance with your next asphalt, concrete paving, or site construction project!

 

Patch a Pothole? Yes, You Can!

Potholes in any asphalt pavement are a danger and an eyesore, and they are usually a symptom of a larger problem. The number one thing to know about potholes is that they should be dealt with as soon as possible. A pothole will not mend itself or go away. Helped by the elements and traffic, a pothole will always get bigger and deeper as time goes on, and the repairs will always be more extensive and more costly the longer you wait. Never ignore a pothole!

The best option is to have a professional paving company like Tucker Paving to inspect your asphalt pavement and assess the potholes and other damage for the best, longest-lasting repair options. However, there is another option if a paving company cannot come out in a timely manner or the repairs cannot be done immediately.

Cold Patch Asphalt
Another option for dealing with potholes, at least temporarily, is a cold asphalt patch or filler. This option does not require the high temperatures or expensive equipment of hot asphalt. Benefits of using a cold asphalt filler include getting the pothole repaired temporarily so it does not get worse, the job is simple and straight-forward enough that most DIYers are able to comfortably complete it, and the cost of a full repair job can be deferred to a later date.

Generally, you’ll want to square a pothole before patching it, which means chiseling away any cracking or crumbling asphalt until you have a square to fill in rather than a circle. This can be done with an asphalt saw or a hammer and chisel.

Next, remove any debris or plant matter. Add a mixture of course gravel and sand, or even broken asphalt pieces, into the square hole until it is an inch away from the top of the existing asphalt pavement, tamping it down as you go.

Then, add in the cold asphalt filler, tamping down each layer, until it is slightly overfilling the hole. It is best to then tamp it down with a vibrating plate, though a metal tamper or lawn roller will work as well. Lastly, after the appropriate curing time, add a layer of seal coat over the repaired patch of asphalt.

Most cold-filled asphalt potholes are temporary fixes and should be looked at by a professional asphalt paver like Tucker Paving as soon as possible.

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When a Construction Zone Is a Danger Zone

With their reduced speeds and greater congestion, construction zones can be a headache for motorists. Unfortunately, they pose an even bigger risk of injury and even death for the workers behind the yellow cones.

According to data from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, in 2019 there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones in the U.S. with 135 worker fatalities. Motorists shouldn’t just be concerned with worker fatalities alone; those crashes involved 133 pedestrian fatalities and 842 motorist fatalities. Additionally, crashes involving injuries or vehicle damage for 2019 alone reached 115,000 work zone collisions. Ensuring a safe driving experience while traveling through a construction zone is in everyone’s best interest.

Tips for Safe Driving Through a Construction Zone
Safety for both construction zone workers and motorists traveling through a work zone is the first priority. When traveling through a construction zone, make sure to:

  • Slow Down. The speed limit in construction zones when workers aren’t present is typically 55 mph, and it can be much lower if workers are present. Traveling at a slower speed is necessary to be able to read the orange work zone signage, adjust to changing lane patterns, merge for closed lanes, and more. Slowing down gives drivers more time to react and drive in a safe manner.
  • Follow Signage. Orange signs, cones, barrels, barricades, arrows, and more direct motorists to lane closures and new traffic patterns, and they must be followed for both the safety of motorists and those working behind the barricades.
  • Follow the Directions of Flaggers. When traffic needs to be stopped or redirected, a flagger is often used to control traffic. Their directions should be followed without question.
  • Pay Attention. A construction zone includes heavy machinery, construction vehicles, loud noise, and hot or dangerous materials. Drivers need to be aware to be able to react quickly to anything that may go amiss.

Tucker Paving has been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years, and safety has always been our leading priority! Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete paving project!