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1 Safety Through Communicationwww.incomsafety.com © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. INCOM, Inc. Reducing Exposure of Short-term Utility Work Zones Through Effective Safety Planning

2 Safety Through Communicationwww.incomsafety.com © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Co- Authors: Glen Mudd Louisville Water Company Carl Griffith TRENCH-IT, Inc. INCOM, Inc. Presented at: FHWA "Making Work Zones Work Better" WORKSHOP Presenting Author: Todd Belobraydich Incom, Inc.

3 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Presentation Overview Intro & Background - The NeedIntro & Background - The Need Two Successful Utility ProgramsTwo Successful Utility Programs Louisville Water Company - Traffic Control ProgramLouisville Water Company - Traffic Control Program TRENCH-IT, INC. - Temporary Traffic Control PolicyTRENCH-IT, INC. - Temporary Traffic Control Policy Common Elements of the Two ProgramsCommon Elements of the Two Programs A Proposed Utility Model ProgramA Proposed Utility Model Program Discussion / Q & ADiscussion / Q & A

4 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Who is INCOM ? Div. of Dicke Tool Company; founded 1886Div. of Dicke Tool Company; founded 1886 Started 1993; utility safety support servicesStarted 1993; utility safety support services Publications, Training Courses, ConsultationPublications, Training Courses, Consultation Member National Safety Council - Utilities DivisionMember National Safety Council - Utilities Division NSC - Certified Worksite Traffic Control SupervisorNSC - Certified Worksite Traffic Control Supervisor ATSSA - Certified Worksite Traffic TechnicianATSSA - Certified Worksite Traffic Technician

5 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. The Need Deteriorating InfrastructureDeteriorating Infrastructure Changing Traffic PatternsChanging Traffic Patterns Changing Driver HabitsChanging Driver Habits "Orange Overload""Orange Overload" Customer Relations through Field Operation Personal ContactCustomer Relations through Field Operation Personal Contact

6 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. The Need The utility safety dilemma.................. How can we keep the road users and our workers safe, while at the same time inhibiting traffic flow as little as possible?How can we keep the road users and our workers safe, while at the same time inhibiting traffic flow as little as possible?

7 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2002 InCom, Inc. All rights reserved.

8 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001 InCom, Inc. All rights reserved.

9 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001 InCom, Inc. All rights reserved.

10 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved.

11 Utility-Specific Issues Variable DurationsVariable Durations 1-30 minutes1-30 minutes 2-4 hrs2-4 hrs Variable Locations / ConditionsVariable Locations / Conditions Off the roadOff the road On the shoulder w or w/o encroachmentOn the shoulder w or w/o encroachment In the roadwayIn the roadway Day or nightDay or night Overhead, on-ground, under-groundOverhead, on-ground, under-ground

12 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Utility-Specific Issues Inter-Jurisdictional OperationsInter-Jurisdictional Operations Many utilities now multi-stateMany utilities now multi-state "Maximum-minimum as minimum""Maximum-minimum as minimum" Low Employee to Vehicle / Worksite RatioLow Employee to Vehicle / Worksite Ratio Technicians need trainingTechnicians need training Utility ContractorsUtility Contractors Tend to imitate utility clientTend to imitate utility client

13 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Two Successful Utility Programs Real-life Examples Louisville Water CompanyLouisville Water Company TRENCH-IT, Inc.TRENCH-IT, Inc. Comprehensive & EffectiveComprehensive & Effective Utility DevelopedUtility Developed Common ElementsCommon Elements Basic Utility ModelBasic Utility Model

14 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Louisville Water Company Local municipal water utility for Louisville, KentuckyLocal municipal water utility for Louisville, Kentucky Multi-Phase ApproachMulti-Phase Approach EducationEducation AuditingAuditing Three Phases of TrainingThree Phases of Training

15 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Louisville Water Company New Employee Safety OrientationNew Employee Safety Orientation Basic informationBasic information Create an educational foundationCreate an educational foundation General Safety TrainingGeneral Safety Training Annual basisAnnual basis Drive the issue homeDrive the issue home Expanded TrainingExpanded Training Supervisory levelSupervisory level Conducted by consultantsConducted by consultants Advanced treatment of issuesAdvanced treatment of issues

16 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Louisville Water Company Traffic equipment contractors used to set- up and take down the traffic control zones for most work site situations.Traffic equipment contractors used to set- up and take down the traffic control zones for most work site situations. Work zones are audited routinely to monitor the performance of both the crew and the contractor.Work zones are audited routinely to monitor the performance of both the crew and the contractor. Deficiencies discussed & solutions implemented.Deficiencies discussed & solutions implemented. The continual emphasis on training reinforces the quality of the audits.The continual emphasis on training reinforces the quality of the audits.

17 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. Leading utility contractor located in McHenry, IllinoisLeading utility contractor located in McHenry, Illinois Seven Part ProgramSeven Part Program Award WinningAward Winning

18 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. PURPOSEPURPOSE OBJECTIVEOBJECTIVE SCOPESCOPE ACCOUNTABILITYACCOUNTABILITY DEFINITIONSDEFINITIONS SET UP PROCEDURESSET UP PROCEDURES TRAININGTRAINING

19 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. PURPOSEPURPOSE The purpose of this program is to establish guidelines for temporary traffic control installation, maintenance, and removal. This program also serves to identify standard operating procedures for setting up temporary traffic control work zones.The purpose of this program is to establish guidelines for temporary traffic control installation, maintenance, and removal. This program also serves to identify standard operating procedures for setting up temporary traffic control work zones.

20 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. OBJECTIVEOBJECTIVE The guidelines set within this policy will help to regulate, warn, and guide traffic through Trench-It roadway work zones. The ultimate goal of this program is to prevent employee injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and personal injury to motorists and/or pedestrians.The guidelines set within this policy will help to regulate, warn, and guide traffic through Trench-It roadway work zones. The ultimate goal of this program is to prevent employee injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and personal injury to motorists and/or pedestrians.

21 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. SCOPESCOPE This policy applies to all work zones established on or near public roadways. Each employee working in these work zones must follow the guidelines established within this policy to ensure their safety and the safety of the general public.This policy applies to all work zones established on or near public roadways. Each employee working in these work zones must follow the guidelines established within this policy to ensure their safety and the safety of the general public.

22 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. ACCOUNTABILITYACCOUNTABILITY Safety DirectorSafety Director ForemenForemen Crew LeadersCrew Leaders EmployeesEmployees

23 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. DEFINITIONSDEFINITIONS Activity AreaActivity Area Advance Warning AreaAdvance Warning Area Buffer SpaceBuffer Space Termination AreaTermination Area Traffic SpaceTraffic Space Transition AreaTransition Area Work SpaceWork Space

24 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. SET UP PROCEDURESSET UP PROCEDURES The traffic control setup will be selected from the typical applications illustrated in appendix A of this policy, the typical applications within the Guide to Temporary Traffic Control in Work Zones or a plan devised with the aid of the MUTCD guidelines.The traffic control setup will be selected from the typical applications illustrated in appendix A of this policy, the typical applications within the Guide to Temporary Traffic Control in Work Zones or a plan devised with the aid of the MUTCD guidelines.

25 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. TRENCH-IT, Inc. TRAININGTRAINING All employees are required to receive training on proper temporary traffic control in work zones. Retraining will be given once every two years, or when deficiencies are noted on jobsites. Update training will be given when this policy or MUTCD guidelines change.All employees are required to receive training on proper temporary traffic control in work zones. Retraining will be given once every two years, or when deficiencies are noted on jobsites. Update training will be given when this policy or MUTCD guidelines change.

26 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Common Elements of the Two Programs 1. Education / Training 2. Clear Objectives 3. Responsible Employees 4. Standardized Procedures 5. Auditing 6. Enforcement 7. Monitoring

27 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. Common Elements of the Two Programs (cont'd) 8. Training appropriate to level of responsibility 9. Established Criteria for use of Outside Services Services 10. Adherence to MUTCD and Regional Standards Standards 11. Written Policy/Program – Supplemental Manual or Field Reference Manual or Field Reference 12. On-going; Up-datable Program Features

28 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. A Proposed Utility Model Program A. Training A. Training 1. Education / Training 8. Training appropriate to level of responsibility By grouping the common elements of the two programs in similar categories, a distinct framework emerges....

29 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. A Proposed Utility Model Program B. Standards B. Standards 2. Clear Objectives 4. Standardized Procedures 10. Adherence to MUTCD and Regional Standards 11. Written Policy/Program – Suppl. Manual or Field Reference 12. On-going; Up-datable Program Features

30 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. A Proposed Utility Model Program C. Responsibility C. Responsibility 3. Responsible Employees 5. Auditing 6. Enforcement 7. Monitoring 9. Established Criteria for use of Outside Services

31 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. A Proposed Utility Model Program A. Training A. Training B. Standards B. Standards C. Responsibility C. Responsibility When developed and implemented in a comprehensive safety program, these components can help virtually any utility company maximize road user and worker safety by minimizing exposure time and maintaining optimum traffic mobility.

32 © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. About The Authors: Glen Mudd is the Director of Safety, Health and Security for the Louisville Water Company, Louisville, KY. Glen is a Certified Utility Safety Administrator and currently serves as Chairman of National Safety Council-Utilities Division. Carl Griffith is the Safety Director for TRENCH-IT, Inc., a leading utility contractor located in McHenry, IL. Carl serves as Financial Officer of the National Safety Council-Utilities Division and is a Certified Utility Safety Administrator. Todd Belobraydich is Vice President – Sales & Marketing for InCom, Inc., specializing in the development of customized safety training, publications and other related services for telecommunications, electric, gas and water utilities.

33 Safety Through Communicationwww.incomsafety.com © Copyright 2002 Incom, Inc. All rights reserved. INCOM, Inc. Reducing Exposure of Short-term Utility Work Zones Through Effective Safety Planning Discussion - Q & A


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