April 19th, 2012

PROJECT ROADWAY

Uncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.

A UDOT engineer with an eye for safety wants construction workers to wear his attention-getting shirts. 

Hexagons retro-reflect light and minimize a barrel chest.

Workers who build maintain roads and bridges are required to wear clothing that is brightly colored with retroreflective bars meant to make workers visible to drivers during the day and especially at night. Sam Grimshaw, a UDOT Field Engineer, has come up a new idea for clothing that he thinks will make workers even more conspicuous.

The issue as he sees it is that the commonly used clothing makes workers look similar to traffic control devices – the cones and barrels that delineate a construction zone. Instead of the typical horizontal and vertical stripes, Grimshaw placed retroreflective hexagons on bright orange fabric.

To prove his point about how workers can look barrel-chested, he took photos of workers wearing the typical shirts and his shirts at night.

Commonly worn clothing has bars and colors that make workers look similar to traffic control devices. Grimshaw's photos show the contrast between the typical and his design on the left.

He showed his prototype shirts to fabricators who said the new designs could be put into production without any trouble.

Grimshaw’s idea seems to have merit – however, the new clothing needs to have the appropriate review and approval before workers can make the switch.

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Responses to “PROJECT ROADWAY”

  1. “bright idea” good for safety.

    David Anderson at April 21, 2012 3:25 pm
  2. Great idea. Simple enough and much better. I would think twice when seeing something wearing the hexagon shapes.

  3. Good idea. These ideas will help the safety of workers who were on the highway at night.

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