Roadside worker safety awareness campaign
BURNABY, BC, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Roadside workers deal with
distracted drivers every day.
Pedestrian and vehicle traffic increases when kids are back in school
and drivers are back to the daily commute, making the "cone zone" a
more dangerous place to work.
At the start of the summer the Work Zone Safety Alliance, a collection
of organizations committed to improving the safety of roadside workers,
launched the Cone Zone campaign. The campaign is a road safety
initiative that encourages drivers to slow down, pay attention and be
respectful when driving near roadside workers.
WorkSafeBC reports that over the past ten years 386 roadside workers
have been injured by motor vehicles — typically while working in cone
zones. Nearly half of those injuries were serious and three percent
resulted in fatalities.
"Roadside work is dangerous," says Mark Ordeman, WorkSafeBC Industry and
Labour Services Manager. "A driver that is distracted while passing
through a cone zone adds to the danger and makes roadside workers in
B.C. even more vulnerable to injury on the job."
"Everyone seems to be distracted by one thing or another - cell phones,
passengers or their own thoughts," commented David Dunne, director of
road safety for the BCAA Road Safety Foundation.
Driving through a cone zone requires a driver's complete attention and
focus, added Dunne. A distracted driver could cause a roadside worker
to be seriously injured or killed.
Cone zones are set up to keep traffic moving safely and can cause
frustration and risk for all involved when drivers and pedestrians are
not paying attention.
Tip: To avoid the frustration that often comes with driving through cone
zones, drivers are advised to plan their routes and allow extra travel
time; slow down even if they don't see anyone working; leave plenty of
space between their vehicle and the one in front of them; be patient
and make eye contact with the flag person.
For more information about roadside worker safety, visit WorkSafeBC.com or www.BCAARoadSafety.com.
The "Cone Zone" message expands beyond the messages of two other
initiatives —WorkSafeBC's "Slow Down" signage campaign aimed at large
construction projects, and the provincial government legislation that
requires drivers to "slow down and move over" when approaching
emergency vehicles stopped at the side of the road— to encompass all
About the Work Zone Safety Alliance:
The Work Zone Safety Alliance is a group of organizations committed to
improving the safety of roadside workers. They are the BCAA Road Safety
Foundation, BC Ambulance Service, BC Construction Safety Alliance, BC
Flagging Association, BC Hydro, BC Landscape and Nursery Association,
BC Municipal Safety Association, B.C. Road Builders and Heavy
Construction Association, FortisBC, IBEW258, ICBC, Ministry of Public
Safety and Solicitor General, Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure, Telus, The Community Against Preventable Injuries,
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Lower Mainland police, and
SOURCE BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
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