Somerset County Council joins forces with Skanska to protect road workers

Press release 15/06/2015 11:00 CET

Skanska and client Somerset County Council have joined forces to install innovative safety measures for employees working on the county’s roads.

Stop and go boards with cameras and warning signs are being used to prevent abuse

Stop and go boards, traditionally held in place by road workers, will be replaced by self-standing signage, all of which will be fitted with cameras and warnings.

The equipment is designed to reduce accidents, and abuse of road workers, by removing the need for operatives to stand close to moving traffic.

Over the last 12 months, 14 workers have been seriously injured while operating traffic management systems. Injuries are most common amongst those using stop and go boards.

Incidents of motorists ignoring signs, as well as physically or verbally abusing workers have also been recorded.

Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The County Council takes staff safety and any abuse of its employees and sub-contractors very seriously and any actions that put road workers at risk will not be tolerated.

“I am therefore pleased that Skanska has worked with its employees and the council to create a solution to this problem.”

The signs were developed and manufactured by Eurosigns. They are equipped with a wide-angle automatic recording system, providing hi-resolution images. These use an intelligent power management system which automatically turns the sign off when not in use, prolonging the life of the battery.

Kenny Gallagher, Skanska Site Agent at Priorswood Depot, commented: “These signs act as a great deterrent and will encourage drivers to slow down and pay attention, improving the safety of our workers and the travelling public. The cameras record continuously, so if an incident does occur, we have the evidence to pursue a prosecution and hopefully secure a conviction.”

The stop and go traffic management system is an important part of road maintenance. It is based on the manual control of traffic, which avoids disruption and reduces queue times for motorists.