BURNABY, BC, July 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Work Zone Safety Alliance has
launched their 2012 Cone Zone campaign — a road safety initiative that
encourages drivers to take care when driving near roadside workers. The
campaign encourages drivers to reduce their speed, avoid driver
distraction, and respect the roadside as a workplace when driving
through the "Cone Zone."
"This is the busiest time of the year for road construction, so it is
important for drivers to pay attention and avoid distractions in work
zones," said Transportation and Infrastructure Minster Blair Lekstrom.
"These workers are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and we want
every one of them to return home to their families after work."
This year, drivers can visit ConeZoneBC.com for more information. The new website is a driver resource with tips
and helpful information about safely navigating through roadside work
For roadside workers the "Cone Zone" is a potentially high-risk work
environment in close proximity to traffic. In the last ten years,
WorkSafeBC has received 386 claims from workers — typically working in
Cone Zones — who were struck by motor vehicles. Of the claims, 46 per
cent were classified as serious injuries and three per cent resulted in
the death of the worker.
Every day roadside workers around the province experience near misses —
incidents that do not result in workplace injury, but had the potential
to do so.
"The difference between a near miss and a serious injury can often
amount to little more than luck," says Mark Ordeman, WorkSafeBC manager
for Transportation. "Many roadside workers have narrowly avoided being
injured by drivers, and have come very close to having their lives
changed by a workplace injury."
The summer months see an increase in roadside work throughout the
province. These set-ups are not always road construction. Municipal
workers, landscapers, tow-truck drivers, telecommunications and utility
workers, and emergency and enforcement personnel set up "Cone Zones".
When you enter the "Cone Zone," reduce your speed, pay attention, and be
respectful of the roadside workers and their workplace.
For more information visit ConeZoneBC.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 Cone Zone campaign is a joint provincial initiative supported by
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, RDM Enterprises,
Actsafe, Telus, The Community Against Preventable Injuries, Automotive
Retailers Association, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Lower
Mainland police, and WorkSafeBC.
WorkSafeBC is an independent provincial statutory agency governed by a
board of directors that serves about 2.3 million workers and more than
200,000 employers. WorkSafeBC was born from the historic compromise
between B.C.'s workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the
right to sue their employers and fellow workers for injuries on the job
in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers.
WorkSafeBC is committed to safe and healthy workplaces and to providing
return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits.
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SOURCE BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
For further information:
BCAA Road Safety Foundation
Tel: 604 875-1182
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Public Affairs Manager
Tel : 604 214-5441