Blade Truck Mounted Attenuator
Australia’s MASH Approved TMA
Introducing the Blade Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) to Australia. The complete package of safety, worker protection and driver comfort.
The Blade TMA is a patented crash cushion designed to safely absorb the impact of errant vehicles travelling at speeds of 100km/hr or under. It is attached to the rear of a host vehicle with the purpose of protecting exposed workers against traffic while they’re working on and alongside active roads.
Tested and approved according to the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) safety standards, the Blade TMA is recommended for acceptance by the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel (ASBAP) and adheres to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) standards.
The Blade TMA has been live crash tested (no truck fixing) to mimic a real-life impact. Testing in a true-to-life scenario allows for the accurate measurement of what is called Roll Ahead Distance. This term refers to how far forward the host vehicle will travel in the event of a rear impact, and Australian Standards require all TMA’s to have a Roll Ahead Distance recorded under test conditions.
During an impact the modular design of the Blade TMA will crumple in a specific fashion to bend away parts in safe directions, even if the collision does not occur square onto the cushion. It provides the highest level of protection for the person inside the TMA truck, the driver of the crashing vehicle and the people in the work zone ahead of the TMA.
Not only does the Blade TMA offer the highest level of impact protection but it is also easy and efficient to operate. With the push of a button from inside the safety of the cab, it takes only 20 seconds for the TMA to move from transport to full operating position. Fast deployment and pack up optimises efficiency. In addition, the vertical transport position means no loading space is lost on the truck bed as with a fold over attenuator, and the open design creates less wind resistance and vibration while driving.
INNOV8 Equipment chooses to mount the Blade TMA to the IVECO Eurocargo for several reasons including, its unlimited idling hour warranty, Euro6 environmental rating and AEB braking system included as standard.
Testing and Accreditation
- MASH Crash Tested and Approved with Roll Ahead Distance
- ASBAP Recommended for Acceptance throughout Australia
- Compliant to Australian AS3845.2.2017 standards
- Built to required NHVR standards VSG-11 & VSG-12
- IVECO Manufacturer approval to mount the Blade TMA to the Eurocargo
- Approved for use by regulators in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA
- Absorb crashes at speeds up to 100km/hr
- Unique 12-blade construction
- Modular design
- Lightweight aluminium crash cushion
- Galvanised steel support structure
- Hydraulic lifting frame
- CAN-Bus controlled system
- Comes mounted to the IVECO Eurocargo cab chassis as standard (option to mount to alternative vehicle)
- Fitted with an Arrow Board and/or VMS board (optional)
BLADE TMA real life crash absorption on busy highway
The video below shows the BLADE TMA impacted at a speed of between 90-100km/h. Performing its job perfectly, both the driver and the TMA operator were unharmed because of the Blade TMA protective crash cushion. Both drivers were able to get out the vehicles themselves. This is a great result with no injuries or deaths! The Blade TMA is engineered to save lives.