The Department for Transport has published a code of practice aimed at ensuring any works being carried out on or near a road is being carried out safely, so that no other road users are put at risk by the works. This code of practice aims to help with the safe carrying out of signing, lighting or guarding of street/ road works on all highways or roads (with the exception of motorways or carriage ways with a speed limit in excess of 50mph).
The code is directed at anyone responsible for making sure that the works do not endanger operatives or the public. Those responsible include site operatives, supervisors, managers, planners or designers, for example. Road users who may be put at risk by the works include pedestrians, equestrians (horse riders), cyclists and motorists, and these members of the public should be able to see the extent/ nature of the works well before they reach it. Anyone working on the site needs to take extra care when it comes to more vulnerable road users and/ or members of the public – those who are more vulnerable include children, the elderly, or road users who are more exposed than car drivers, such as cyclists or horse riders.
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