Cone Zone Campaign

When spring construction season ramps up, the Cone Zone BC campaign kicks in to raise awareness for roadside worker safety. The numbers speak for themselves:

12 roadside workers have died and 207 were injured between 2011 and 2020

These startling stats make it clear drivers need to undergo a major shift in attitude to help protect people representing a wide range of professions – from traffic controllers and construction crews, to emergency personnel and truck drivers tending to their vehicles.

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A good place to start thinking about roadside worker safety is by hearing their stories. We all need to respect the Cone Zone.

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  1. I travel B.C. a lot and I find that after awhile “high-vis” vests and overalls after awhile lose their visibility from dust and dirt. The last time I traveled in the, I believe, Arizona, one of the flaggers had a flagging sign operated with LED bulbs. It flashed red around the stop portion and was outstanding in its visibility. Maybe I could suggest its time to update flagging signs with this technology. Certainly the price would be a bit higher but cheaper than a life. Think re-chargeable 9 volt batteries and maybe a collapsible foot peg for resting one leg. The technology is out there.

    • A great suggestion Peter – thank you. We will share this forward on your behalf. In regards to your other question about the abandoned vehicle – we are looking into it and will let you know what we hear back. Thanks again!

  2. We lost a flagged here in the Okanagan it devastated a lot of people, yet there were several people I spoke with that were unaware that such a tragedy had even happened. Slow down people I want my mom to come home.

  3. I wonder whether the variable speed limit signs were being used on Friday on the Coquihalla to warn traffic approaching the line backed up by the lane closure for paving?

    • HI Nick. Thanks you for your interest in our new variable speed limit signs. I am checking into the answer to your question.

      • Hi Nick, our operations manager for that area tells me that, yes, there was notification on the overhead changeable message signs on the Coq, to warn of the construction (paving) ahead.

  4. Wow – CONE ZONES
    This echo’s of the “British Cone alert hotline”, which after its introduction resulted in numerous calls to the NHS to report injured cones on public highways, before the concept was finally abandoned.
    It appears that having given WorkSafe BC and its buddies control over workers safety, many traffic control companies have taken it upon themselves to overdue the number of cones and markers placed in our work zones.
    This has lead to considerable confusion among drivers, many can not even determine which way they are to go, while others panic and try to get out of the seas of orange as fast as they can.
    The safety of workers relies on professionalism of the TCP, not girlie’s wandering about these very work-sites chatting with or watching workers doing their jobs. They need to pay attention to traffic and work with professionalism not attitude giving they are of an opinion they have authority.
    If we want to improve safety, we also have to limit the number of work zones operating along roads and routes to a minimum at any one time.
    Not only will this improve safety, but will provide for ongoing work opportunities for all, rather than just short seasonal work.

    • Hello Edgardo,
      Thank you for your comment/question. Highway 37 is 60% paved and 40% sealcoated, one section near the Stikine Rivers is gravel (about 900M). Hope that helps.

  5. I am a tow truck driver on the north shore and Squamish highway and my complaint is people are NOT obeying the law regarding stopped tow and emergency vehicles , which is to slow to 60kmh and move over…we are out here trying to help motorists but not to risk our lives in doing so.