The Road Worker Safety Campaign, an initiative which aims to cut the number of road worker accidents leading to death or injury on Britain’s roads, has received support from construction giant Balfour Beatty. The initiative, implemented by the Highways Agency, aims to raise awareness of the risks faced by road workers, who normally work just metres away from fast-moving traffic. Eight workers died and 317 were injured in road worker accidents between 2009 and 2013.
Now workers from Balfour Beatty have spoken out. Gordy Smith, a worker on the M60 Smart Motorway Scheme in Manchester, commented, “Most of the public are aware but there are a few that don’t seem to care, and it’s those we want to speak out to. We want them to be aware of their speed and to cut it down for safety’s sake. Nine times out of ten, they’re going from A to B and want to get there as soon as possible.”
The Highways Agency released six top tips for motorists driving through roadworks:
- Don’t speed
- Concentrate on the road ahead
- Get into the correct lane in plenty of time
- Keep a safe distance
- Be alert for works traffic and road workers
- Observe all signs
Have you been injured working on the road?
Working on the roads is a hazardous job, just as working in construction can be dangerous. However, if motorists cut their speed and concentrate on driving safely, there is less of a risk that accident will occur. If you or someone you love has been injured whilst employed as a road worker, you could claim compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of earnings and the cost of any medical treatment you have needed for your injuries. Being struck by a vehicle could cause serious injury, and you may be left unable to work or with life-changing injuries. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to see whether you could be eligible to claim compensation.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown