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Feb 19th, 2016 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Jack SchrockTowers put their lives on the line when working an accident or incident near an active highway and all too often the tower is working without law enforcement assistance. This means he must look out for himself while trying to also devote attention to the task at hand. So, how does he get the attention of the stream of motorists coming at him at 60, 70 or 80 mph?

Strobe lights demand attention but their “pop” is so brief it is almost impossible to judge their distance. And it’s easy to focus on the light instead of the reason for the light. As a result, some motorists will drive into, or dangerously near, the light itself which greatly increases the risk to the tower at work.

How about one of those large triangular caution signs placed on the right of way? The shape alone alerts the motorist but does not distract him or her. Traffic cones likewise inform the motorist but the ones often used by truckers just tell us of a disabled truck parked ahead. So, you might consider the triangular caution sign. They are cheap, re-useable and quickly set up and retrieve.