OSHA Rebar Caps

Rebar can be found on almost every construction site.  It is used to help keep the cement stable and improve the structural stability of the concrete. Unfortunately, the protruding rebar can be extremely dangerous. Employees or pedestrians that fall on exposed rebar can be seriously injured or even killed so OSHA has come out with standards for rebar caps to help keep the construction zone safer for everyone. OSHA requires that any exposed rebar be covered by rebar caps.  Traffic Safety Warehouse offers OSHA Rebar Caps made of space age high density polymer to protect against impalement injuries.  These rebar caps meet new OSHA requirement 344.90. Besides their sturdy protective surface they are also made in high visibility colors like lime green and orange to further enhance safety.

We also carry the more standard mushroom rebar caps which have a mushroom shaped surface and also come in high visibility colors. These rebar caps are to be used only where danger of impalement doesn’t exist. You can find all the rebar cap offerings with our facility safety products >>

Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks , also called wheel stops or wheel blocks, come in a variety of sizes and shapes and can be made from different types of materials. They are used to prevent a vehicle from rolling forward or backward.

Wheel chock uses:

Wheel chocks are used to keep a vehicle from rolling when the opposite end is lift. Wheel chocks are also often used with large, parked trucks to ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll and cause damage to property.  Off road chocks can be used in construction when builders need to park in areas that do not have roadways yet and the land is uneven.  Additionally, airplanes use wheel chocks to keep them from moving from their parked spot.

How to use wheel chocks when lifting a vehicle:

1) Park the vehicle on a level surface.

2) Set the parking break

3) Figure out which way the car would roll if you were to lift up the end you are planning to lift.

4) Place the chock between the ground and the back end of the wheel (furthest away from the side you are lifting).  Then kick the chock toward the wheel to make sure it is securely in place.

5) Place a second chock on the front end of the same wheel and again, kick it toward the wheel to make sure it is secure.

6) For maximum safety, secure the second wheel on that end of the vehicle the same way. So if you are lifting the front of the vehicle, you would be placing wheel chocks on the back two wheels.  If you are lifting the back end of the vehicle, you would be placing chocks on the front two wheels.

Buying Wheel Chocks:

 Traffic Safety Warehouse carries a variety of wheel chocks including:

Barricade Safety – Striping and Sheeting

Have you noticed that traffic barricades have stripes that either slope down to the left or to the right? This is to meet the requirements stated in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices which specifies that traffic barricades must have alternating orange and white striping which slopes down in the direction that traffic is expected to pass on. So a ‘Right Barricade’ would be placed on the right and the striped would be sloped upward at a 45 degree angle. A ‘Left Barricade’ would be placed on the left and the stripes would be sloped downward at a 45 degree angle.

Plasticade has a variety of barriacdes with sheeting  which allows easy switching out of the stripes so that it can be used as a ‘left’ or ‘right’ barricade as needed. Plasticade barricades are also made of very durable plastic which can stand up to weather and traffic.

Plasticade Barricade Video:

Parking Cones - Traffic Cones

Parking Cones

Parking cones, also referred to as traffic cones or road cones come in several sizes and have many uses.  They range from 4  inches to 42 inches in height. The most commonly used parking cone sizes are the 28″ traffic cone and the 12″ traffic cone.  Traffic cones are very durable so they can withstand impact with cars and weather.

Parking cones can be used in construction zones for diverting traffic, for dividing lanes or used as parking devices. For use in construction zones and other traffic control, the 28″ traffic cone is generally the best choice because of their greater height and visibility. For city streets, the minimum acceptable height for traffic cones is 18 inches.

12″ traffic cones which are often used for in parking lots, for marking off play areas for kids, or as temporary barricades in indoor settings.  The smaller cones like 6″ parking cones are often used in sporting events.

Cones that are to be used in night settings must have a reflective collar.

If you have further questions about the proper size or type of traffic cone for your event or job, please contact us.

Safety Wear

The spring and summer seasons are also road construction seasons and keeping workers safe is high priority.  Many people have questions about which safety wear is needed for what jobs and what requirements the safety wear needs to meet.   ANSI/ISEA  is a voluntary industry standard which  specifies the requirements expected for high-visibility safety wear for construction workers, utility workers, landscaping, and fire fighters.

There are many different types of safety wear including safety headware, safety vests, safety pants, jackets and shirts.  Depending on the type of work being performed, persons in construction or otherwise high traffic areas should be aware of the the three levels of high visibility apparel standards.

Class 1 Safety Wear: Appropriate where there is plenty of separation of workers from vehicle traffic and where the work area is not complex.  Additionally, traffic speeds are not expected to exceed 25 mph in these areas. This class of safety wear are often seen on parking service personnel, warehouse staff, and those doing shopping cart or sidewalk maintenance.

Class 2 Safety  Wear:  Appropriate when work activities take place closer to traffic and where these activities may divert worker attention from approaching traffic with speeds exceeding 25 mph. The Class 2 safety apparel is often seen in greater than 25 mph construction zones, parking and tollway personnel, school crossing guards, airport grounds personnel and those directing traffic.

Class 3 Safety Wear: Appropriate for workers who are exposed to higher vehicle speeds and/or reduced sight distances.  The worker must be visible throughout body movement and must be identifiable as a person at a distance of 1,280 feet away.  These garments provide the best visibility with lots of extra reflective surface and they must have sleeves with retroreflective material between the shoulder and arm to make movement more noticeable.   These are often used by railway workers, roadway construction staff, vehicle operators and accident site investigators.

There are several different colors to choose from when it comes to safety wear.  The flourescent yellow green is thought to be the most visible color for dusk and dawn when there is less light.  It can also provide some contrast for those in work zones with orange traffic cones and safety equipment.  The flourescent orange color is also a very popular color and has good contrast for areas that have more foliage.  This is typically the safety color in work zones.  However, if you are trying not to blend in with a plethora of other orange safety equipment then as stated above, the flourescent yellow green may be a better choice.

If you still have questions about which safety apparel to order, give us a call at (877) 966- 1018 and we can help answer your questions.