By Michael Benedict on November 16, 2015
Tags: Data Collection
What is a TMA truck?
A TMA truck — also known as a safety truck, crash truck, cushion truck, or scorpion truck — has one purpose: to save lives.
A TMA (truck mounted attenuator) truck has an attenuator attached to it that can be deployed anywhere. In essence, it’s a truck that comes with its own enormous crumple zone. TMA trucks are deployed behind a moving operation like dropping cones or barricades or painting lines to protect workers as they move along the work area. TMA trucks can also be used in place of Fitch barriers in stationary work zones.
When used properly, TMA trucks slow down an oncoming car quickly enough that the car won’t crash into the work zone, but not so quickly that the car’s occupants are injured.
There are even autonomous TMA trucks entering the marketplace that eliminate the need for a human driver, which will make them even safer for employees without compromising the safety of travelers.
Do you need a TMA truck? And what’s the best way to use one?
Other ways mobile can help
TMA trucks are complicated pieces of equipment. They need regular maintenance and inspections, and need to comply with proper certifications and rules — “enough to make the banking industry look simple,” says one TMA manufacturer. But you can ditch much of your paperwork for mobile forms, which put the information you need to stay on top of those inspections at your fingertips and make providing and retrieving information easy.
Mobile checklists for a TMA safety inspection can be easily customized to include fields for whether a truck’s ballast is adequately anchored, whether there’s enough ballast to properly stop a crash, ensure moving steel parts have been properly lubricated, and that fasteners and support cables are checked on a daily or monthly basis, respectively.
All trucks have different maintenance needs, but no matter your particular challenge, you can save time and money by switching to mobile forms — for everything from maintenance checklists to repair shop work orders.