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Civil | BARRELMOVER 5000

The Real Deal

KYLE RUBY INVENTED THE BARRELMOVER 5000 TO KEEP HIGHWAY CREWS SAFE. BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS

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n its most recent report, the U.S.
Department of Transportation Federal
Highway Administration estimates
there were 96,626 crashes in work
zones in 2015. On average, a work zone
crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.
Seventy work zone crashes occurred every
day that resulted in at least one injury and
12 work zone crashes happened every week
that resulted in at least one fatality.
Working on the highway from 2009 to
2016 for a private company in Kentucky,

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Kyle Ruby saw firsthand how dangerous the
work zones were and sought ways to eliminate the risk for himself and his coworkers.
His shift with the asphalt pavement milling
crew ran from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on an interstate highway.
"At the end of the shift, we had to move
the barrels back off the road and it would
take an hour and ten minutes to move all
the barrels," Ruby remembers. "We were
only allowed 30 minutes so we tried every
way possible to get them moved quicker.

I would drop three guys off to pick up the
barrels and come back to pick them up. A
driver saw the third guy moving the barrel
one day and thought the lane was open,
and he about hit my guy."
Witnessing that firsthand and hearing
about the tragedies that had occurred on
the highway, Ruby wanted to do something
to change those statistics and help his crew.
In 2015 he started to build the BarrelMover
5000. "My dad works for a fabrication shop
and I told him what I needed and how long


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