Highways England has highlighted the dangers faced by road workers following an incident that left a man with multiple injuries. A 65-year-old was left with serious injuries and says it’s a miracle he wasn’t killed when he was struck by a car in April 2016. Nearly a year on, he has only just had a neck brace removed and is only now able to drive again.

The case was highlighted as it was revealed 12 road workers, including two traffic officers, have lost their lives on the network over the past 10 years. In three of the cases the victims were knocked down by members of the public.

Meanwhile, over the past 10 years, workers have been injured by motorists on more than 50 occasions. Seventeen of those incidents involved workers on foot.

And since May there have been around 150 recorded incidents each month of vehicles encroaching onto sites where work is taking place.

Highways England Midlands Regional Director Catherine Brookes said:

 

“Nobody needs a road so badly that somebody needs to lose their life while maintaining or improving it; it is my absolute priority that people go home safely at the end of every day.

It is simply unacceptable that people run the risk of being killed or seriously injured while doing their job. While we can’t eliminate risk on the road network we need to do our utmost to protect the lives of both drivers and road workers.

And motorists need to slow down near road works and obey speed limits and signs. Think what it would be like if you had to contend with lorries and cars driving through your shop, office or school.”

 

Highways England have said they are committed to making the road network a safer place to use and work on and has a goal of reducing the number of people killed or injured to as close as possible to zero by 2040.

It is reminding drivers that just because workers are not visible, it does not mean they are not present. This is especially true when operations take place at night, but also applies when visibility is restricted by works vehicles and equipment.

Highways England has adopted a health and safety five year plan and procedures for its workforce are constantly under review