Friday, June 7, 2013

 

On the Road

Cone Zone Time  

Fatality/injury stats back BCAA's reminder to drivers to look for road workers on the highway this summer 

Released by Lennea Durant, Road Safety at Work Alliance/Website photo

 

ens of thousands of individuals in B.C. work at the side of the road as part of their job, which puts them at risk of being seriously or fatally injured by distracted, aggressive or speeding drivers.

 

Today marks the launch of the “Cone Zone” campaign, an annual driver awareness initiative aimed at increasing public awareness about the dangers faced by roadside workers and telling drivers to slow down and pay attention when driving through a “Cone Zone.”

 

“When a vehicle enters the ‘Cone Zone’ and hits a roadside worker, the resulting injuries are often serious, and in some cases fatal,” says Mark Ordeman, WorkSafeBC Industry and Labour Services Manager. “These injuries should not be happening — roadside workers have a right to a safe workplace, just like every other worker in B.C.”

 

Even with safety measures in place, injuries and near misses experienced by roadside workers in B.C. are still a reality. On a daily basis, roadside workers continue to encounter preoccupied and hostile drivers who are speeding and swerving.

 

“Cone Zones” are used for many different kinds of work. Municipal workers, landscapers, emergency and enforcement workers, telecommunication workers, and tow-truck drivers, as well as road construction and maintenance workers all use the “Cone Zone” to protect their workplaces.

 

“Much of the education and training offered at the Justice Institute of British Columbia leads to careers in public safety,” stated Allan Lamb, Director, Pacific Traffic Education Centre at the institute, and member of the Alliance. “Many of our graduates will find themselves working at the road side and it is crucial that we do all that we can to help ensure their safety in the work place.”

 

Roadside work increases over the summer months. Simple acts can save a life. Slow down, pay attention and respect the “Cone Zone.”

 

The “Cone Zone” campaign is supported by the Work Zone Safety Alliance, WorkSafeBC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

For more information visit www.ConeZoneBC.com

 

Stats from 2003–2012

      • Number of claims from roadside workers: 396

      • Number of claims classified as serious injury: 192

      • Number of deaths of roadside workers: 21

 

About the Work Zone Safety Alliance

The Cone Zone campaign is a joint provincial initiative supported by organizations committed to improving the safety of roadside workers. They are the Justice Institute of British Columbia, BC Ambulance Service, BC Construction Safety Alliance, BC Flagging Association, BC Hydro, BC Landscape and Nursery Association, BC Municipal Safety Association, B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, FortisBC, IBEW258, ICBC, BCAA, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, RDM Enterprises, Actsafe, Telus, The Community Against Preventable Injuries, Automotive Retailers Association, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Lower Mainland police, and WorkSafeBC.

 

About WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC is an independent provincial statutory agency governed by a board of directors that serves about 2.2 million workers and more than 215,000 employers. WorkSafeBC was born from the historic compromise between B.C.’s workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the right to sue their employers and fellow workers for injuries on the job in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers. WorkSafeBC is committed to safe and healthy workplaces and to providing return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits.

 

About Justice Institute of British Columbia:

Based in New Westminster, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator, and a world leader in justice and public safety education and applied research. JIBC serves more than 34,000 students annually, with career programs and continuing education and professional upgrading courses that emphasize experiential learning and lead to a range of credentials, including bachelor’s degrees and graduate credentials along with certificates and diplomas. Major program areas include policing, paramedicine, fire fighting, emergency management, corrections, sheriffs, investigation, driver training, conflict resolution, mediation, leadership and counseling. JIBC brings together students and expert instructors from all of those disciplines, instilling the value of communication and collaborative teamwork, and promoting interoperability in the field.

 

 

 

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