SafetyWall, Cedar Ave., Cleveland, Univ Circle, July 2014

…but, we do not despair.  Rather, we are eager to educate the unknowing.

Our Ben Gascoigne took this picture of a sidewalk work zone on Cedar Ave. the other day; the work zone is less than 10 minutes from our corporate offices. Obviously, this sidewalk “closure” sign and device does not provide safe, continuous guidance through the work zone. The lack of detectable, ADA-compliant temporary traffic control devices could prove troublesome to pedestrians, especially those with limited vision or mobility issues.

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troy-nauftts, Halifax construction barriers, cbc.ca, June 16, 2014

From the article:

“My dog abruptly came to a halt and I put my foot out to see what was going on and I could feel the edge of the pavement disappear,” he says.

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The article in full:

“A blind Philadelphia woman says that a construction crew failed to fully block a torn up section of the sidewalk, causing her to trip and injure herself while walking on the path, according to a personal injury suit filed at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Kimberly Williams, of the 1900 block of Woodstock St. in Philadelphia, filed the suit against the 1963 Group, LLC, which owns the building on Bustleton Ave. and ordered repairs on the sidewalk, Grosso Construction, Inc., the general contractor, and O.K. Plumbing, LLC, the sub-contractor hired to perform plumbing work and other construction services. She seeks damages in excess of $50,000 for her injuries sustained from the fall.

According to the complaint, on June 2, 2012, Williams was walking on Bustleton Ave. with the assistance of a cane when she approached a section of the sidewalk that had been torn up by the construction crew. She tripped over the uneven walkway and injured her back, wrist, knee, shoulder and muscles. As a result, Williams had to provide coverage for the medical expenses related to her recovery and rehabilitation.

The plaintiff says that the site workers failed to give adequate warning to passersby at the construction area. The claim blames the crew for neglecting to erect a fence or obstacle that would prevent pedestrians from walking through the worksite.

Williams is represented by Lawren Nelson of the Philadelphia-based Edelstein Martin & Nelson.

The case ID number is 140503154.”

 

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SafetyWall Live Pic, E 14th & Euclid, Cleveland OH, Barb Heltzel, March 11, 2014

Barb Heltzel, wife of Mike Heltzel, our Customer Service Manager, took this picture 2 days ago. The array is located at Euclid Ave. and E. 14th, in the Playhouse District, downtown Cleveland.

Here, SafetyWall protects pedestrians, especially those with limited vision or mobility issues, from walking into a temporary structure.

Mike tells us the structure is part of an outdoor chandelier being built. As Playhouse Square is a 10 minute drive from PSS Central, we’ll head down there for more pictures after they clear the roads.

Thanks, Barb and Mike!

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SW Array, Front and Broad Sts., Columbus OH, March 6, 2014

This picture contains the old vs. new, the past/present vs. future in pedestrian work zone safety. In the foreground, witness the old, the non-compliant, the unsafe way to guide pedestrians through a work zones. Yes, it’s the ubiquitous channelizer and yellow tape method.  (See MUTCD, 2009 Edition, Section 6F.74)

Then, in the background, witness the new, the future: SafetyWall ADA-Compliant Pedestrian Longitudinal Channelizer. SafetyWall provides safe, continuous guidance for pedestrians, especially those with limited vision or mobility issues.

Pedestrians can safely follow the array:  by sight alone, or with guidance by hand along the smooth, continuous upper surface, or by tapping a walking device against the smooth, continuous lower surface. And, SafetyWall is an interlocking device; there are no gaps that snag hands or canes, or lead pedestrians astray are. Also, with its common vertical plane, SafetyWall does not contain its own tripping hazards.

Choose the future! Visit our SafetyWall page at plasticsafety.com for more information and video. Then, contact us to schedule a demonstration, or better, to place an order.

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From the article:

“Only a few inches separates pedestrians from oncoming traffic. KGW cameras captured one person after another stepping into traffic, Many of them were nearly hit.”

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Sidewalk Construction, People Walking in the Street, greatergreaterwashington.org, Nov 20, 2013

From the article:

“Gresham counted 102 people walking on Connecticut Avenue itself, including 6 young teenagers on skate boards, 22 strollers with 1, 2, or 3 adults, 35 people carrying bags of groceries or small children, 26 elderly people, and 13 people using canes, walkers, or leg braces.”

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SW Sidewalk Closure, Shaker Green EB, 2013

Dave Cowan, our CEO/President took this photo recently, at Shaker Blvd. and Green Road, Shaker Heights, OH.

The picture shows a proper, ADA-Compliant sidewalk closure, using our SafetyWall Pedestrian Barricade.

 

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Sidewalk Construction, Asheville DPW Crew, trail marker, citizen-times.com, Nov 9, 2013

From the article: “We believe it’s a great project,” said said John Gavin, senior project manager with the city Public Works Department. “There have been several pedestrian deaths the last few years and even more injuries. We want to stop that and keep pedestrians safe.”

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Sidwalk Construction, ADA Ramps, Red Eagle Circle, Ridgeland MS, onlinemadison.com, Nov 6, 2013

From the article: “What I can say is that for this year the city will spend $1 million in street rehabilitation for FY 2014 and those repairs are factored in when we make our decision on what streets we rehabilitate.”

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