Sequential Barricade Lights: Saving Lives and Money

Monster Sequential Barricade LightOur new sequential barricade lights, powered by pi-Lit, represent a large step forward for the traffic and road construction safety industries. These high-quality warning lights are designed to flash in one of their several pre-programed patterns. They are formulated to better warn drivers about impending road hazards. Where the traditional barricade light functions as a good “heads up” warning, a sequential barricade light can actually indicate directionality. This is crucial when lane closures and re-routing traffic is involved.

Sequential barricade lights improve speed limit compliance

However, the important questions still remains: does it actually work? According to the University of Missouri-Columbia, it does. In 2011, the University conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of sequential barricade lights. Among other factors, the research team measured speed limit compliance when sequential lights were present. The study found that compliance rose from 71.4% with no lights present, to 78.1% when sequential lights were in place. This was especially true, the researchers noted, in urban environments, where the compliance rose from 78.4% to 88.8%. While compliance rose in rural environments as well, it was not nearly as substantial.

Traffic merges sooner when sequential barricade lights are in place

The team also discovered that when sequential signals were in place, traffic merged much sooner than when the lights were absent. This was especially true in the case of large trucks. The study indicated that all vehicles merged an average of 20 feet sooner when sequential lights were present, and truck drivers merged 49 feet sooner. This data point speaks to the sequential barricade light’s superior ability to indicate directionality, which is important to merging lanes successfully. The team also discovered that when sequential signals were in place, traffic merged much sooner than when the lights were absent. This was especially true in the case of large trucks. The study indicated that all vehicles merged an average of 20 feet sooner when sequential lights were present, and truck drivers merged 49 feet sooner. This data point speaks to the sequential barricade light’s superior ability to indicate directionality, which is important to merging lanes successfully.

Sequential barricade lights create tangible savings

In this specific study, the researchers concluded that the total benefits of using sequential warning signals came to $3.65 million. The total cost fell somewhere between $341,580 and $705,008 (depending on labor costs). These figures place the ratio somewhere between 5:1 and 10:1. The data is clear: not only does sequential technology improve safety conditions for drivers and employees, but it also has a huge impact on the bottom line. To read the full study, click here.

Sequential barricade lights in use on a road construction site

 

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New Wing Whip from Checkers Reduces Airplane Wing Damage

Today, many commercial airlines are adding the split scimitar winglets onto wingtips of their aircraft. This new addition to the wingtip reduces drag as well as fuel consumption.  There are countless benefits to retrofitting aircraft wingtip with a split scimitar winglet but this addition creates a potential obstacle with the ground crews. The new winglet that is down turned toward the tarmac has been hit by baggage carts and other ground vehicles, causing airplane wing damage. Any damage to the wing tip will render the aircraft unserviceable and require hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.  New Wing Whip from Checkers Reduces Airplane Wing Damage

Checkers Industrial Safety Products proudly introduces the most effective product to defend against damage to the split scimitar winglets. The “Wing Whip” is designed to be placed under the wing tip and the 2 reflective flags will sit at eye level for the vehicle operators and prevent any collisions with the wing.  

For maximum visibility, Checkers recommends 2 “Wing Whips” under each wing.

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Checkers Industrial Introduces: Gorilla® All Purpose Waterproof Warning Whip Sets the New Standard for Weather Resistance

Checkers Industrial Safety Products announced the immediate availability of their new GORILLA® All Purpose Waterproof Warning Whips with stainless steel components. Featuring a multitude of patent-pending features, the Gorilla whip is built from heavy duty materials that make it ideal for extreme weather conditions such as coastal areas, corrosive environments, salt mines, and areas with high humidity.

“Moisture has always been the most challenging factor in whip light performance,” said Jesica Bailey, Director of Sales and Marketing for Checkers Industrial Safety Products. “Every component of a GORILLA®All Purpose Lighted Whip is built to eliminate the harmful effects of moisture. These whips have been tested repeatedly in extremely challenging weather conditions, and they have consistently performed at a superior level time and time again.”

GORILLA® All Purpose Warning Whips include a two-conductor waterproof hot plug with 12″ pigtail, heavy duty Day Bright fluorescent nylon mesh flag (with or without 3M® Scotchlite® reflective X), a new Rocket II Super Bright Waterproof LED light, and a stainless steel threaded hex base. According to Bailey, “Rocket II Super Bright Lights are up to 10 times brighter than other brands and come standard with 9 changeable light modes, 7 flash patterns, and steady on or off, making them the perfect ‘one light fits all’ solution.”

Additional features of GORILLA® All Purpose Lighted Whips include a new patent-pending waterproof LED light base that replaces the old 1156 bulb and lamp socket, the industry’s strongest fiberglass resin whip, a patent-pending internal ground connection that helps eliminate power failures, and an industrial grade internal wire that meets Military Spec MIL-W-16878. The lights are offered in five different colors, and an optional remote control to change flash patterns is also available.

New Products Available! Monster® Wheel Chocks, and Guard Dog® and Yellow Jacket® 5-Channel ADA Cable Protectors

Checkers introduces new products, in our all in one 5 channel Guard Dog® & Yellow Jacket® ADA cable protectors and also new lighter weight MC3011 Monster® Wheel Chocks.  These new innovative products continue to expand our product offering and meet the evolving needs that our customers are looking for.

The new Guard Dog® and Yellow Jacket® 5-Channel ADA cable protectors have built-in ADA ramps to provide a safe crossing for vehicle and pedestrian traffic while protecting valuable electrical cables and hose lines.  Because these ramps are built-in, there is no need for separate connectors.

Another unique feature of this product is that it interconnects directly to 5-channel standard ramp Guard Dog or Yellow Jacket cable protector.  These are ideal for use in amusement parks, entertainment venues, sporting events and most public, commercial and industrial applications.

The new MC3011 Monster® wheel chock is designed to hold the largest haul trucks in the world and now is 24% lighter.  With the same holding power as the MC1911 and a 10 lb. weight reduction, this chock weighs only 32 lbs. (14.5 kg).

For mine haul trucks with tire sizes up to 165 in. (419.1cm) diameter and gross operating weight up to 1,600,000 lb. (725,748 kg).  A minimum of four 3011 wheel chocks must be used for gross vehicle operating weights from 855,000 – 1,600,000 lb.  Maximum load capacity is 400 tons.  The #1 selling wheel chocks in the mining industry.