Friday, June 7, 2013
On the Road
Cone Zone Time
Fatality/injury stats back Worksafe BC'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
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.
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
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