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April 10, 2019

Las Vegas couple designs upgraded safety vest for road workers



As reported on, a Las Vegas couple is hoping to change the way construction workers dress on the job.

They invented a one-of-a-kind safety vest that could make it easier for drivers to spot road crews, before it’s too late.

As the temperatures warm up, you’ve probably seen more orange cones and flashing signs, popping up on valley roads.

“We had prototypes we let constructors use them out on the road,” Megan Collins said.

Experts in the construction industry, Tom Mueller and Collins founded Solar LED Safety Products. They created a new type of vest to keep workers safe.

“It was a process of gluing and putting it on some material that we felt could create the idea that we wanted,” Collins said.

So after more than eight years, five prototypes and three patents, they settled on a final design.

“Just doing manufacturing is a whole new animal for us, so it’s been a lot of learning,” Collins said.

Their vest includes flashing lights, which can help drivers spot them faster, especially at night. Right now, the typical vest only has reflectors.

“So a regular vest requires light to hit the reflective material and that doesn’t always happen right away,” Collins said. “So if somebody’s coming around a turn, they’re not going to see that reflective material until the light hits it.”

Their battery-operated vest is powered by the sun.

“It has four solar panels that recharge 16 lights that flash 60 times a minute for 48 hours,” Collins said. “They can be seen at 2800 feet at night.”

The final product is already in the hands of several valley agencies.

“LVCVA, we have some going out to the City of Las Vegas, NDOT is going to be trying out some,” Collins said.

NDOT spokesperson Tony Illia said they are always looking for ways to decrease work zone fatalities.

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