No. While TMA trucks can be used to protect your workers in many different types of operations, one area we’ve seen TMA trucks increasingly used in is traffic incident management. Emergency responders, including law enforcement, fire/EMS personnel, and tow truck operators, are often left dangerously working in direct exposure to passing traffic. With a TMA present, these workers can effectively and safely work on the operation at hand.
Extremely! In 2020, there were over 800 fatalities in work zones across the country. Just last year, 67% of highway contractors in the United States reported crashes in their construction work zones. In fact work zone crashes have become so common that it’s no longer if a crash occurs but rather when it will occur. Given these concerning statistics, not having a TMA truck in your work zone leaves your work crews exposed to errant drivers and puts them at risk of significant injury or even death. For the latest statistics, visit the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.
No. You should never raise or lower the attenuator while the truck is in motion. Always come to a complete stop, park the vehicle, and ensure the area around your TMA truck is clear before deploying or stowing the attenuator.