Safety groups back TranServ campaign
National safety bodies RoSPA and IOSH are backing TranServ’s campaign to tackle the issues around Road Worker Abuse.
Working alongside BEAR Scotland and AMEY, our study found an appalling 43% of our road workers have been the target of missiles thrown from passing vehicles. They reported eggs, bananas, beer cans, bricks and bottles of urine being aimed at them as drivers sped through our work area. A further 17% of our employees had been physically threatened by drivers and 15% had received an injury through such incidents.
Sandy Allan, road safety manager for RoSPA in Scotland, said:
“Respecting the safety of those working close to ‘live traffic’ is essential. Everyone is entitled to feel and be safe on our roads and especially individuals who are more exposed than those driving. Essential works undertaken on our roads benefit all, and these cannot always be achieved without limited disruption.”
Scotland’s trunk road operating companies have received support from a wide spectrum of national organisations. While this is the behaviour of the minority of drivers, it is still completely unacceptable. We need the support of the majority of mannerly, well-behaved drivers in stamping out such incidents.
Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, concluded:
“These findings about dangerous driving and the abuse of road workers by motorists are shocking and unacceptable. Road workers – like all of us – have the right to safe and healthy working conditions for their essential and difficult work and we urge all road-users to support them and this campaign.”