Minimising Risks to Operatives Working on Highways

The safety of your workforce is of paramount importance at every stage of the project.

Due to the nature of the construction industry, work is often undertaken in unavoidably dangerous environments, such as highways.

It is vital in these situations, that a thorough risk assessment is conducted and measures are implemented to minimise the hazards posed.

Examples of how risks posed to operatives working on highways can be minimised include:

  • A safety culture was reinforced using behavioural initiatives, including an incentive and suggestion scheme, supported by safety talks and alerts;
  • One initiative to come from workforce consultation, included the eradication of all road crossings whilst traffic was live through the use and management of carriageway cones and signs, which do not require operatives to cross live lanes of traffic;
  • This in turn saved over 35,000 crossings of live carriageway by operatives and was extended to the supply chain;
  • Crossing roads whilst traffic was live was then treated as a ‘near miss,’ reported and discussed as a lesson learnt.

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Monitor Report, EM Highway Services Ltd, Berkshire, January 2015

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