WorkSafe and VicRoads commence work on new strategy to improve road safety around construction works

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WorkSafe Victoria and VicRoads have joined together to work on a traffic management strategy in construction sites.

The strategy aims to educate the construction industry on the importance of ensuring traffic management arrangements meet both road safety and workplace safety requirements.

“Between 2003 and 2006, VicRoads and WorkSafe worked successfully together with the construction industry on a campaign called Safety for Workers and Traffic (SWAT) and as a result, we saw a significant improvement in how traffic was managed at construction sites,” said VicRoads Chief Executive, John Merritt.

“We’re always looking for new ways to balance safety with efficiency to ensure all Victorians can return home safely to their families at the end of the day.”

Mr. Merritt encouraged contractors and organisations to always ensure safety when construction work, pedestrians, and road traffic interact.

“Where practicable, VicRoads will be closing roads and putting detours in place while our road works are being undertaken,” he said.

“Not only will this improve safety, it will reduce the overall disruption to traffic as we expect the work to be completed much faster while traffic follows alternative routes

WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams said WorkSafe will continue to work with everyone to create better ways of managing foot and vehicle traffic.

“What was acceptable in 2006 may no longer be suitable for the volumes of traffic now being seen at construction workplaces,” said Ms. Williams.

“Construction traffic management often relies on warning signs, bollards and vehicles slowing down, but these types of controls are considered the least reliable from an OHS perspective.

“These controls rely on drivers, pedestrians and those in charge of traffic management around construction sites always doing the right thing and that means there is a greater chance of things going wrong.

“We will be working with local government bodies, traffic management companies, builders, unions and other stakeholders to create better ways of managing foot and vehicle traffic.”

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