Highways England is highlighting the dangers faced by road workers as new figures reveal the number of deaths and injuries suffered by such workers.
Dozens of injuries
New figures show that 12 road workers- including two traffic officers – have been killed while working on the network in the past decade. Three of these were killed by members of the public.
Over 50 workers have been injured by motorists over the same period, with 17 incidents involving workers on foot.
Since May, there have been around 150 recorded incidents a month of vehicles getting too near sites where work is taking place.
Highways England Midlands Regional Director Catherine Brookes said: “Nobody needs a road so badly that somebody needs to lose their life while maintaining or improving it; it is my absolute priority that people go home safely at the end of every day.
“It is simply unacceptable that people run the risk of being killed or seriously injured while doing their job. While we can’t eliminate risk on the road network we need to do our utmost to protect the lives of both drivers and road workers.
“And motorists need to slow down near roadworks and obey speed limits and signs. Think what it would be like if you had to contend with lorries and cars driving through your shop, office or school.”
Adopting a new plan
Highways England has a goal of reducing the number of people killed or injured to as close as possible to zero by 2040.
To tie in with the figures being published, it is reminding drivers that just because workers aren’t visible, it doesn’t mean they are not present – especially during operations at night and when visibility is restricted by works vehicles and equipment.
Highways England has now adopted a health and safety 5-year plan.
Date Published: April 19, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown