Attenuator Truck Education

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Attenuator Truck Education

Welcome to the industry’s first web series on Attenuator Truck Education. We focus solely on the function, build, and regulations surrounding Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) Trucks. The goal of these webisodes are to teach owners, equipment managers, project managers, risk managers, and others about the ins and outs of attenuator trucks, and educate the general public about work zone safety. Subscribe today, and gets alerts when new webisodes are posted!

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Autonomous Attenuator Truck

Autonomous TMA

The ATMA (Autonomous TMA Truck) is outfitted with an electro-mechanical system and fully integrated sensor suite that enables Leader/Follower capability and allows the ATMA to follow a lead vehicle completely unmanned. We no longer have to place those we care about in the cab of a truck designed to be hit!

Air Brakes

Air Brake Benefits

Air brake benefits far outweigh any possible savings of hydraulic brakes. In the event of an impact to the truck, hydraulic brakes often fail and break apart, sending the truck rolling into the work zone. Terrifying! Conversely, Air brakes lock up and keep the truck in place, allowing the attenuator to properly absorb the impact of an errant vehicle.

TMA Truck Ballast

TMA Truck Ballast

The TMA truck ballast is a crucial part of the truck build. If its’ not built correctly, it can have devastating consequences in the event of an impact to the attenuator. The ballast provides the truck with the necessary weight the attenuator requires to work properly, keeping everyone safe in the work zone. A truck that is too light can become a projectile!

Crash Protocol

Crash Protocol

When your work zone Attenuator truck gets crashed into, make sure you get your truck properly inspected, re-certified, and you get the most money from your insurance company for a new attenuator, or replacement parts. Crashes are scary, but you need to get that TMA truck back on the highway so it can continue to protect he men and women in your work zone.

Emergency Response Truck Mounted Attenuator

Emergency Response Truck Mounted Attenuator

The Emergency Response Truck Mounted Attenuator (ERTMA) provides increased safety for firefighters who need to perform operations on highways. Firefighters save lives on the highway all the time, it only makes sense to provide them with the best protection possible!

GVWR

GVWR

The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), or gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver and passengers. Any truck with a GVWR over 26,000 lbs requires a CDL license to drive.

Truck Mounted Generator

Truck Mounted Generator

The truck mounted generator has massive benefits for the environment and your wallet! This generator is underneath the bead of the truck and is connected to the fuel supply. You can operate your attenuator and keep all your truck’s safety lights on without having to idle the truck. Go green and save some green!

Royal Hooklift Truck

Hook N’ Go

A Hook N’ Go is a hooklift type truck that allows you to purchase ONE truck that can do MULTIPLE things. Switch out bodies in a matter of minutes and use your truck for a completely different operation. Samantha explains how operate the Hook N’ Go, it’s design and why it’s so effective.

Radar Board

Radar Board

The 3’x5′ Full Matrix Radar & Message Board – Designed by TraffiCalm, was created with the goal of making traveling motorists aware of their speeds. Texas A&M Transportation Institute is currently performing a study to test and quantify the effectiveness of radar boards, like the one shown in the video, in slowing down oncoming traffic in work zones.

Roll Ahead Distance

Roll Ahead Distance

Roll Ahead Distance (RAD) is extremely important when it comes to work zone set up. You must have a clear understanding about an attenuator truck’s roll ahead distance! There are 3 important things to know that affect the distance the TMA truck rolls ahead… find out! Juan Morales, ATSSA’s Chief Instructor, join Samantha to discuss RAD.

Raised Pavement Marker Truck

Raised Pavement Marker Truck

The Raised Pavement Marker (RPM) Truck is a unique safety solution to protect crews while they remove and replace pavement markers. Placing road reflectors requires a moving operation and is very dangerous. In this episode you’ll learn about all the safety truck features required to keep workers safe on the job.

TMA Truck

TMA Truck

The TMA truck is designed and built to be placed a safe distance before a highway work zone. In the event of an errant vehicle, the truck stops the car for going into the work zone and potentially killing the men and women working on the job site. A TMA truck that is built properly, absorbs the impact of the vehicle, also keeping the distracted motorist as safe as possible.