(UK) — Balfour Beatty has welcomed an initiative from the UK Government to improve the safety of roadworkers by encouraging drivers to slow down and take care through road works.
The ‘Respect Our Roadworkers’ campaign is aimed at preventing deaths and injuries among road users and road workers by reminding the public that road workers lives are just as important as those of any other profession with hard-hitting images of a car crashing through the walls of classrooms, hospitals and other working environments.
The support comes as the Government is investing additional funding in road improvements across the country to reduce congestion, boost economic growth, and improve safety. Over the next two years this will mean more roadworks as Balfour Beatty, along with other contractors, deliver these improvements.
Balfour Beatty is pioneering ways of improving road worker safety including trialling new surfaces and using innovative signage to reduce the number of live carriageway crossings road workers have to undertake.
Backing the campaign, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond MP, said: “It is absolutely essential that all road users play their part when driving through roadworks, and keep within the signed speed limit. Those few seconds you might save by travelling too fast could cost lives.”
Allan Shanks, Health, Safety and Environment Director at Balfour Beatty’s Construction Services UK division, said: “We welcome this commitment from the government to coincide with their annual road worker safety campaign.
“The safety of our workers is our highest priority at Balfour Beatty, through our Zero Harm initiative and we work very closely with the Highways Agency, our supply chain partners and other stakeholders to ensure that we minimise the risks they face”