July 25, 2018
You would think that a huge orange truck, or multiple huge orange trucks, with bright lights flashing would be enough to catch a driver’s attention. For drivers who are paying attention and devoting their energy to the task of driving, seeing the trucks and lights is more than enough to warn them that something’s going on ahead. But we’ve all seen those drivers who are paying more attention to their dinner, phone, or passengers than to the road. And that is dangerous for all of us.
We do everything we can to get people to pay attention to protect our own people and those who share the road with us. Many of the operations we perform on the road require the use of more than one truck. An attenuator is always the last vehicle in the chain that is placed between workers on the road (such as a paint crew) and the flow of traffic. Its job is to warn other vehicles of the work that is being performed as well as serve as a buffer to protect workers from traffic. We are testing a new tool this year called an audible warning system that is attached to an attenuator.