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Posts Tagged ‘safety’

6 Things to Do to Curb Crane Accidents at Construction Worksites

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Construction sites have stringent safety protocols in place to prevent adverse events and accidents. Even with all the precautions and preventive procedures, fatal injury rate for the industry is quite high. This can be attributed to a number of reasons ranging from oversight on part of site managers to malfunctioning equipment. Another probable cause is the sheer size of the industry where at any given day more than 6.5 million people are at work at work sites numbering an approximate 252,000.

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Dangerous by Design 2016

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
FIGURE 1: Map of most dangerous metro areas for people walking based on PDI, 2016

More than 1,200 Complete Streets policies are now in place at the state, regional, and local levels. And over the last year, federal agencies have followed suit with new changes in national policy intended to make streets safer for everyone.

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Who Gets Counted Counts: 2015 Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition - Bike Count

We looked at 8 of the 17 streets where bike lanes were installed between 2010 and 2015 with sufficient collisions and ridership data to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the projects. Overall, the number of automobile collisions decreased, pedestrian collisions stayed relatively flat, and bicycle crash risk decreased, after accounting for increased ridership.

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Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Figure 1: An Illustration of Key Components and Users of the United States’ National Air Space

In 2014, GAO found (1) that many aviation stakeholders saw challenges with aspects of the current U.S. system including funding instability and slow progress implementing capital improvements and (2) that most stakeholders agreed that separating ATC operations from FAA was an option. GAO was asked to explore issues that would be associated with such a change…This report addresses (1) views of selected experts, aviation stakeholders, and the FAA on key transition issues and (2) lessons that can be learned from the transition experiences of selected countries.

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MOST WANTED LIST of Transportation Safety Improvements

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Rail transit systems must constantly be monitored and improved to maintain and enhance safety, to catch small problems before they become big ones, and to provide extra layers of protection against disasters…Highway vehicle crashes kill and injure thousands of people each year. But these crashes are largely preventable.

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Denver, CO: Meet Fred Estrian, the Walk-Signal Guy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Denver, CO: Meet Fred Estrian, the Walk-Signal Guy

In 2015, there were 1,330 pedestrian crashes and 59 pedestrian crash fatalities in Colorado. To educate pedestrians and drivers on the importance of safety and observing pedestrian laws, particularly around crosswalks and intersections, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s introduced Fred Estrian: the classic walk signal brought to life. Fred took to the streets of Denver to educate drivers and pedestrians alike on the important of using and remaining alert at crosswalks.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Cyberdefense: Engineering Firms Must Protect Own Networks, and Those that Ensure Public Safety

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
ACEC - Cyberdefense

It’s no secret that digital technology is radically transforming society. Yet, it’s also introducing unforeseen and remarkable risks. Over the last decade, hacking and cybercrime have evolved from an inconvenient nuisance to a persistent and ominous threat. Hardly a day goes by without news of a major breach somewhere in the world, often to the tune of millions of dollars or involving highly sensitive data and intellectual property. What’s more, the control of energy systems, transportation networks and a growing swath of other types of infrastructure are increasingly at risk for cyberattacks and cyberterrorism.

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AASHTO Transportation TV: New Committee to Study Highway Safety

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
AASHTO Transportation TV: New Committee to Study Highway Safety

Americans take 300 million trips on the U.S. Interstate System every day. Getting where we want to go requires a network of reliable roads and bridges and that takes money. How much money is America spending to maintain and operate the US Interstate System safely? Are we investing enough to keep up with America’s growing population? Those are just two of the critical questions Congress wants a new committee to answer.

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Oklahoma DOT: Breakaway Signs for Roadway Safety

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Oklahoma DOT: Breakaway Signs for Roadway Safety

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation follows the federal highway administration’s requirement to install traffic posts or poles that are designed to break away when a vehicle hits it; therefore reducing vehicle damage and most importantly protecting the driver from potential injury.

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The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution – Public Transportation

Monday, September 12th, 2016
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Public transportation is one of the safest ways to travel. It is ten times safer per mile than traveling by car because it has less than a tenth the per-mile traffic casualty (injury or death) rate as automobile travel. Public transit-oriented communities are five times safer because they have about a fifth the per capita traffic casualty rate as automobile-oriented communities. In addition, crash rates tend to decline as public transit travel increases in a community. Contrary to popular perceptions, public transit travel is significantly safer than automobile travel.

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