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Like Superman, Truck Mounted Attenuators are heroes that will never go out of style. Whether your state has regulations requiring the use of TMAs or not, investing in a TMA can only benefit you! Keeping you and your crew safe in the work zone is the #1 goal so it’s important that you have the best crash truck protecting you. Before buying a TMA, make sure you ask yourself these five crucial questions to ensure you get the right truck for the job.
- Does your crash truck weigh enough?
The weight of the TMA truck you purchase is extremely important. In the event of an accident, a truck that is underweight will take a devastating roll forward into your work zone. A TMA truck should roll off the lot at 20,000 lbs. Less weight means more liability on you if your crash truck isn’t heavy enough to fully protect your crew. Some states enforce a minimum weight for crash trucks before it can be certified for that purpose.
- Will I use this TMA for more than one job?
Highway construction requires the use of many truck types to get the job done; often companies try to utilize trucks for more than one purpose. While that seems smart, it can also be extremely dangerous. Crash Trucks are built to be hit. It’s not safe to have your crew on the back of this truck while the TMA is deployed for crash protection. Laws in some states prohibit it. If you do plan to have employees in the back, you should purchase an additional TMA truck to give your employees maximum protection. There’re also multipurpose trucks that give you the ability to transform your TMA into other trucks in just a few minutes. You have a few good options if you plan to have more than one use for your TMA. Just keep in mind, your employees’ safety is priceless!
- How many safety features are you looking to have on your TMA?
“I don’t need any safety features,” said no one ever! The more safety features your TMA truck has, the safer you and your crew can be in the workzone. Some TMA builds are as basic as possible because they’re meant to get hit. You might be asking yourself, Why have all kinds of safety if my truck is just going to be wrecked in the event of an accident? You may be asking yourself the wrong questions. The right question is: In the event of an accident, did I provide my crew with the best equipment possible to keep them safe? Am I protected from liability with the capability to record an incident? A truck built with safety in mind, instead of cutting costs, actually reduces the risk of injury and the massive costs associated with taking on liability.
- Is the attenuator easy to operate?
Not all attenuators operate the same which is why you must check that out before purchasing. Have the TMA demoed for you so you can see how to deploy the attenuator. The more components involved means the more chance of error and accidents. Not only does it increase the chance of mistakes, with more than one step involved, training your crew can be extensive. That takes valuable production time. Having a TMA with simple instructions for operation will make things less stressful and hassle-free.
- Am I required to have a specific arrow board?
Just like the weight of your TMA, some states require you to have specific number of lights on your arrow boards. Be sure to know your state requirements before going TMA shopping! Depending on the type of work your company is doing, you may need a specific kind of arrow board. Some arrow boards are generic and can be used for smaller jobs that require the TMA for protection. Others have multiple display options that can be used for larger, more extensive highway work.
There is a lot to consider when buying your next crash truck or you’re first. Always keep in mind that safety is number one! Be sure to get all your options before deciding. Also ensure you’re meeting all requirements and regulations for your state! Check out the button below to see a TMA printable checklist for your next TMA purchase!