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July 1, 2021

9 Steps to a Safe, Efficient Ver-Mac Deployment – Detailed Security Guide


Ver-Mac units work hard all summer long, keeping motorists and construction workers safe during the high construction season. Our machines are easy to set up and virtually autonomous with their solar panels, but there are very specific steps you must follow for a safe, efficient deployment.

Be sure to observe these 9 essential security steps when deploying your Ver-Mac units:

1. Prior to positioning your unit at the work zone, be sure you are parking in accordance with all municipal, regional, state/provincial and federal laws.

2. Position the unit in a spot with solid, level ground and high visibility toward oncoming traffic.

  • Avoid ice, sludge, mud, or any other soft or slippery surfaces.
  • Be aware of weather conditions in the area and avoid deploying in high winds or other potentially dangerous phenomena.
  • Do not position the unit under bridges, as this prevents solar recharge, or directly under power lines, which causes cellular communication issues.
  • Choose a spot with good sun exposure so the unit can recharge during the day (e.g., away from trees or buildings whenever possible). If the solar panels do not have 100% sun exposure, you must monitor and recharge the batteries accordingly. Set up a regular maintenance schedule to ensure sign autonomy.
  • Always place the unit ahead of any steep turns in the road to ensure visibility to approaching motorists.
  • Try to select your location in advance for quick parking and deployment.

 

   Parking and deployment

3. You must position the trailer parallel to the road so that when your sign is deployed, it is perpendicular to the road and directly facing oncoming traffic. This provides optimal visibility and wind resistance for the unit.

trailer parallel to the road


4. When you exit your vehicle, make sure that motorists can see you at all times. Wear reflective clothing and stay well ahead of any sharp curves in the road.

5. Detach the trailer lights, check that the jack stands are level, and that the jacks are pointing straight down. Remove the safety pin and deploy the jacks, using the outriggers if necessary.

  • If the jacks are not on level ground, adjust them accordingly by placing wooden blocks underneath them.
jacks

  • Disengage the coupler.
disengage coupler

  • Raise the jacks until the tires and trailer are off the ground, making sure that the coupler lifts off the hitch and has enough room to move the truck forward. Ensure that the trailer is level.
raise jacks     

  • Once the units is stable, detach the chains and move your vehicle as soon as the trailer is securely in place.
detach chains

6. Engage the solar panel brake and deploy the solar panels before deploying the sign so that you have a view of oncoming traffic when doing so, bearing in mind that you will be facing south once the sign has turned. Be sure that the solar panel brake is functioning properly, and the panels don’t swivel.

  • Take care to maintain solid footing while deploying the solar panels.
solar panels  solar panels


7. Make sure the mast break is locked and lift slightly to clear any parts or obstacles while turning. Disengage the pin and break and turn the sign while remaining on the opposite side from traffic. Lock the sign in place once you have obtained good positioning. Use the sight to align the sign. This prevents the sign from swiveling in strong winds or the wake of passing trucks.

mast break lock  disengage pin, break and turn sign

  

8.
Deploy the sign.

deploy sign

  • Never deploy the sign if you notice the mast is not straight. Adjust the jacks until the mast is level.
  • Never stand under any moving parts that could fall in case of failure.
  • If deploying with a winch, keep your hands and fingers away from the winch and cable. See this article for detailed safety instructions on deploying Ver-Mac units with a winch.
  • If abnormal force is required to raise the sign, do not deploy. Lower the sign and contact Ver-Mac technical support for assistance.

9. Re-insert all safety pins and engage all other safety mechanisms to ensure that no part of the unit shifts while it is deployed.




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