September 2017
Issue 40
Upcoming Training Opportunities

The 2017 T2 Training Calendar is Available!
Click here to view training opportunities available in 2017.
New Tailgate Talk - Heavy Equipment & Heavy Equipment Hazards
The T2 Center is excited to announce our newest Tailgate Talk informational brief. Each Tailgate Talk focuses on one on-the-job safety topic and is designed to be shared with your crew at the beginning of their day. When employees are presented with safety material in small chunks, in a setting in which they are comfortable they are more likely to retain that information and put it into practice.

The newest Tailgate Talk focuses on Heavy Equipment & Heavy Equipment Hazards . Heavy equipment is designed to handle very large volumes or heavy loads. Therefore, they are powerful machines that are dangerous to everyone around them if they are not operated correctly. It is important to remember the proper methods used to move them from one site to another and how to work around their operation.

To continue to the Heavy Equipment & Heavy Equipment Hazards Tailgate Talk click here .
Tips from Tony
Do you have a Highway-Rail Grade Crossing in your community, and do you know who to contact in case of an emergency? 
Find the answer at the bottom of the newsletter.
If you have roadway safety questions, please contact:
Anthony Lorenzetti, P.E. - Safety Circuit Rider
(860) 486-5847 or
Innovation Station: NE Transportation Safety Conference
There is still time to register for the 2017 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference. The conference, being held October 24-25, 2017 in Cromwell, CT, will provide an opportunity to come together with safety practitioners from all over the Northeast to discuss timely safety topics including:

  • Low Cost Safety Improvements
  • Distracted Driving
  • Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Drugged Driving
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Older & Younger Driver Considerations

Registration for the entire conference is only $85.00. Participation in the conference will also earn credits toward completion of the Connecticut Safety Champion certificate.  
Click here for more information and to register online.
Hope to see you in October!
Big Changes in Store for UConn's Trees and Yours

The picturesque views of lush forest and rolling hills for which Horsebarn Hill is known are in for a big change over the next several years. Changes are already evident, with signs that an invader has arrived: the Emerald Ash Borer.

Though attractive in appearance – it belongs to a family known as jewel beetles – this small, shiny insect’s arrival is very bad news for ash trees.

After hatching from inconspicuous eggs laid on the tree’s trunk, Borer larvae chew their way through the tree’s actively growing outer layer just beneath the bark, an area called the cambium. This is the layer that gives rise to the annual growth rings, and it is vital for the transportation of water and nutrients throughout the tree. This tunneling cuts circulation to areas of the tree both above and below the damaged tissues; and if enough larvae feed on a tree at once, the tree can die in as little as two years.

The adult Borers are only 3/8 to 1/2 inch long, 1/16 inch wide, and live for just three to six weeks; they are rarely seen. The larvae are 1½ to 2 inches long, and feed on ash bark for one to two years.

The Emerald Ash Borer is native to northeastern Asia. Since it was first detected in North America in 2002, it has left millions of dead trees in its wake as it spread across the country, finally arriving in Connecticut in 2012

“The Ash Borer has devastated the ash population,” says University arborist John Kehoe. “Until recently, the Borer hadn’t been reported in Mansfield, but it’s making an impact now. We especially need to watch out in the UConn Forest.”

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International Walk & Bike to School & Work Day: October 3rd

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. Growing interest in participation all over the world led the International Walk to School Committee to shift its promotion to International Walk to School Month for the entire month of October.

In the USA and Canada, International Walk to School Day galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school. Over time, this event has been part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October.

The success of Walk to School Day, as well as continued interest in bicycling to school, created a desire for a national event focused on bicycling to school. This goal became reality in 2012, when the first National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month.

Although Walk to School Day is focused more on walking and Bike to School Day is focused more on bicycling, both days welcome and encourage all forms of active transportation to school.

Click here to learn how you can participate in your community.
Emergency Response Equipment Expo
The Town of Groton hosted a CT Region 4 Emergency Support Function 3 (RESF3) Equipment Expo that showcased the different types of equipment RESF3 has purchased with Homeland Security Grant Funding on Wednesday, September 13th at the Groton Town Hall Annex. RESF3 currently has eight electronic message boards, four light towers, three sandbaggers and four traffic control trailers loaded with cones, barricades, signs and stands, drums, etc. 

The Equipment Expo provided an excellent opportunity for municipalities to familiarize themselves with the regional assets available to their community for use for both emergency and non-emergency events. John Evans, Emergency Management Director for the Town of Lyme, provided training on setting up and programming the electronic message boards. The City of New London presented a demonstration of the automatic sandbagger and towable light tower. The Town of Groton exhibited the traffic control trailer and equipment.

Eleven municipalities from within Region 4 and Enfield and Stamford from outside of Region 4 participated in the RESF3 Equipment Expo. Special thanks to Kristin Doundoulakis from the Town of Groton for her hard work putting together this expo and for all of her work to help the Public Works Community in Region 4 be prepared for an emergency. It is due to her hard work that
Region #3 has all of this equipment to share.
Tips from Tony ~ Answer
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) website provides a link that explains who to contact. You can view the FRA's website here .

In Case of Emergency

1.       Locate the blue and white Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign at the grade crossing.
2.       Call for help! Call the railroad’s emergency contact number listed on the blue sign.
3.       Communicate your location by providing the identification number (see sign below) and state the nature of the emergency to the dispatcher.

Each ENS sign contains:
1 .      Each railroad’s emergency contact number. (Shown in the sample as 1-800-232-0144)
2 .      The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) National Crossing Inventory Number which identifies the exact location of the crossing to the railroads. (Shown in the sample as 508706F)
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