Thousands of people work roadside every day, including municipal workers, landscapers, traffic control personnel (TCP), tow truck drivers and road construction crews. There are also road maintenance teams, telecommunications and utility workers, and emergency and enforcement workers.
Working on or beside the roads presents risks and traffic control devises are intended to help keep workers and motorists safe. In the last ten years, 386 WorkSafeBC claims were made by workers — typically working in areas marked with cones — who were struck by motor vehicles.
This is why the Work Zone Safety Alliance has launched a “Cone Zone” campaign, encouraging motorists who come upon “Cone Zones” to reduce their speed, pay attention and be respectful of the people who work on B.C.’s roads. Be considerate of roadside workers and…
- Slow down when you see orange markers, even if you can’t see anyone on the road
- Follow sign/TCP directions
- Keep your cool and be patient
- Never use a cell phone while driving
The Cone Zone campaign is a joint project supported by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, BCAA Road Safety Foundation, WorkSafeBC and the Work Zone Safety Alliance. The alliance is made up of 19 agencies, including the BC Ambulance Service, ICBC, BC Construction Safety Alliance, BC Flagging Association, BC Landscape and Nursery Association, TELUS, BC Hydro and the RCMP.
For more information about roadside worker safety visit:http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/cone_zone