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Halos of safety

1/20/2016 12:00 PM CET
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When working near traffic in low-light conditions, many Skanska USA crews are using the Halo Light, a safety and task light that enables the wearer to see and be seen in all directions. Skanska played an important role in developing and testing this key safety advancement, and we were the first U.S. contractor to put it in use.

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Check out this TV news video of crews using the Halo Light and taking part in Stretch and Flex on our joint venture's I-4 Ultimate highway project, a public-private partnership (PPP) undertaking that involves widening and reconstructing nearly 34 km of interstate highway through Orlando, Florida.

Reduces significant construction risks

The Halo Light – manufactured by Illumagear – attaches to most any hard hat and uses a 12-hour rechargeable battery to produce its signature ring of light that is visible from at least 400 meters away. It helps reduce one of the most significant risks on highway construction projects.

"The Halo Light makes crews much more visible to those driving near construction operations," said Clark Peterson, Skanska USA Civil vice president of environment, health and safety.

Added Brook Brookshire, the Skanska USA Civil vice president overseeing the I-4 project's construction: "The unique design of the Halo Light immediately captures drivers' attention well in advance, alerting them to the presence of individual workers."

Global potential

Beyond aiding driver visibility, the illumination provided by the Halo Light further supports safety by reducing the potential for slips, trips and falls.

Skanska is evaluating how we might use the Halo Light to improve safety in other countries in which we operate.