The workman is seen ambling along the middle of the busy road without any traffic cones, barriers or lights to offer protection or warning to drivers.


The shocking safety lapse, filmed in Shotts, North Lanarkshire, almost turns to tragedy when a driver decides to overtake just as the speed limit on the road changes to 60mph. The van pulls out and has to swerve around the man.


North Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation and road safety experts have said that the contractor they used, a non RSMA member, should be “ashamed” of putting workers at risk.


The clip, obtained by road safety website Scotland’s Worst Drivers, was filmed in Westcraigs Road on Tuesday.


To view the video, click here.


The footage shows a line of traffic making its way along the road, passing a barely-noticeable and damaged road works sign approximately a quarter of a mile before the incident happens.


The driver of a white Nissan pickup truck, approaching the national speed limit signs, decides to overtake – even though he cannot properly see ahead and is on hatched white lines.


A road worker suddenly appears, pushing a road marking paint machine, with his back to the traffic and no signs of any kind of protection.


The truck driver, and the vehicle following, are forced to drive to the right of the man, who carries on without flinching at the near-miss.


A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “While the individual was not an employee of the council, we expect contractors to undertake work with the health and safety of their staff as a primary concern.


“A full investigation is now underway.”


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