That is why it is so important that the traffic safety equipment cities and companies use when they are working in traffic is critical, not only to protect the workers but to protect drivers on the road as well.
One crucial piece of traffic safety equipment is cable and hose protectors. How many times have you driven through roadwork only to see piling of wooden boards and plywood in the middle of the road? These piles are to cover the important cables and hoses that go to equipment, tools, and generators. For many companies, this practice is a way to save money or to just skip an important step. What they may not be realizing with this practice is the potential dangers to both sides of the road as well as the financial irresponsibility of this practice.
When you are using boards or plywood to protect hoses and cables, you are putting those using these tools at risk. When drivers have to move over these cable and hoses,they can easily become damaged. Furthermore, boards can move and break. This means that not only the cable and hoses could be damaged but the driver’s vehicle can become damaged to with popped tires, suspension problems and depending on the size of the vehicle and size of the pile, the vehicle may not even be able to get over the pile.
In terms of cost, many employers think that a pile of firewood is a cost-effective safety feature when it is neither. This set-up is incredibly unsafe because it offers no concrete support for the wiring or hoses that lay beneath them. So when automobiles and industrial vehicles roll over this pile-up, they are putting literal tons of pressure onto them.
Take your garden hose and turn it on, now does the water stop flowing if you step right on it? Of course, that’s basic physics! And what else happens? The water begins to build up in the hose. Now if we expand this metaphor to a traffic-filled setting, the hose is much stronger but so is the pressure coming from cars and construction equipment like bulldozers and dump trucks. So when the hoses do get eventual cracks and holes, they need to be replaced, messes need be cleaned, time must be taken out of the day to fix the situation, and all these things cost money. Time is money they say, so are you taking the best precautions to make sure you don’t lose time on your site?
Call Brahman Systems today and find out how affordable and safe our cable and hose protectors are and give your site the gift of superior traffic safety equipment.