Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMAs) are built to help safeguard your public worksites from the risk of oncoming traffic. They can help save the lives of all involved, and at the same time, they can help protect the particular work your crew is undertaking. If you need TMAs for your public construction, repair or maintenance work, this article will help you understand what to look for when choosing your units.
One thing that TMAs need to have is bright warning lights. These should be on both sides of the trucks and at the back of the attenuator. Warning lights help oncoming drivers to identify the truck from afar. The ideal lights for this application are strobe lights and/or flashing lights. Red and orange lights are particularly identifiable from afar, especially at night.
A directional light board
Your truck mounted attenuator also needs to have a directional light board. This board should ideally be raised high up for maximum visibility. It helps to direct drivers on which direction to take once they are behind the TMA. The light board should have both right and left direction signs. The driver of the truck will then activate whichever direction is feasible at the time, be it right, left or both.
High visibility attenuator unit
The attenuator unit needs to be highly visible as well. This is important in order to prevent oncoming traffic from running into it accidentally. Note that most drivers will not know that the truck has an attenuator until they get very close. If the unit is highly visible, oncoming drivers will have enough time to keep their distance. High visibility on the attenuators is often achieved by having the units painted bright colours and fitting them with reflector plates.
Detachable attenuator for truck-use versatility
Another thing to look for when selecting your truck mounted attenuators is the detachability of the units. Detachable TMAs are those that can be unmounted from the truck. Such units allow you to use your own trucks for the attenuation as opposed from buying both trucks and the attenuators. Detachability also means that your trucks can be used for other purposes other than carrying the attenuators.
Correct use of truck mounted attenuators will also save your operations from financial losses that can come about due to property damage, work site damage (site has to be reworked after an accident), compensation to victims, legal liability suits, and loss of work contracts. Contact a company like A1 Roadlines Pty. Ltd for more information.