Roadway Departure – a Focus Area of the Delaware SHSP

Roadway departure crashes in Delaware rival those related to impaired driving, which we discussed a bit back in November.  Indeed, between 2015 and 2019, roadway departure was a factor in 28% of fatalities and 16% of serious injuries, right behind impaired driving. ...

Winter Weather is Slippin’ Time

The hazards of winter weather are upon us.  As first responders, the public works community will confront those hazards head-on and it is essential that we take a few minutes out and remind crews of best practices to avoid occupational injuries associated with...

An Improved Longitudinal Paving Joint?

Well, we’ll see.  Longitudinal asphalt paving joints, whether at the centerline or at other paver passes, are common starter kits for distresses in the asphalt surface. There are a few reasons for longitudinal joints being problem children.  When a project allows the...

Positive Steps for Less Occupational Injuries

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), reporting on 2019 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work, said that 27% of the 888,220 nonfatal injuries were related to slips, trips, and falls.  Of course, you can slice this kind of...

Minimizing Injury Risk around Gas Lines

  Delmarva Power (an Exelon Company) claims to be, “dedicated to providing education and assistance to customers and excavators regarding safe excavation around underground gas and electric lines” and they clearly are. Many urban areas of Delaware have at least...

LTAP Turns 40

On December 23rd, the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) will kinda sorta turn 40.   It was in 1981 that then-President Reagan signed the bill that established the Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP).  In 1991, the program was expanded to include urban...