You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone!

Where there are traffic cones, there are usually workers, equipment trenches or more. So, it is important to slow down and be alert to what’s happening around you – someone could be mere steps away.

Worker Safety

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

2 comments on “You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone!”

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  1. why are construction zones left in place when nobody is working and the road is clear. Motorists often ignore speed limits under these circumstances and then pose a risk by speeding when the construction zone really is necessary. Also speed limits leading up to construction zones are sometimes far too long and motorists get impatient and start ignoring the posted speeds. Vehicles do have good brakes! Make the transitions from normal highway speeds to construction zones more rational and you will get better cooperation from motorists.

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    • Hi Christopher and thank you for your question. Even when no one is working in a construction zone and when work machines are not present, there can still be dangers, such as uneven road, unfinished road edges, new and unfamiliar alignment, not to mention work which might be happening off side of the road. We understand the frustration that motorists feel if they don’t see anything “actually happening” on the site, but keeping motorists travelling at a lower speed helps them to stop suddenly should something unexpected happen – and safety is our number one goal. Hope that this helps.

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