Highway Care | Major safety initiatives to keep road workers and road users safe
As leaders of innovation in the highways sector, Highway Care have launched two new open source safety initiatives.
One to keep road workers safe behind barriers in roadwork areas, the other to remind drivers to keep a safe distance from the car in front to avoid tailgating.
To support Highways England’s “Space Invader” campaign to reduce tailgating on motorways, Highway Care has introduced reflective indicators that attach to safety barriers in roadworks areas which show motorists the recommended two-second gap at 50 mph. This is in response to a survey which suggests one in five people admit to driving too close to the car in front in roadworks.
The reflective indicator simply attaches to Highway Care’s BG800 Temporary Steel Barrier every 48 metres. These can be promoted to drivers at the start of the roadworks zone using mobile variable message signs, showcased at Traffex by Rennicks and during the closure drivers travelling too close will be reminded to pull back by another VMS showing their number plate. The system is even clever enough to recognise foreign plates, and the warning will be displayed in the language of the vehicle’s origin country.
Although the initial installation has been on the BG800 temporary barrier, the solution can be used on barriers from any manufacturer.
Meanwhile, to make roadworkers safer behind the barriers, we have also introduced a system to advise workers of deflection distances from barriers when they are hit by a vehicle. Deflection distances vary depending on the manufacturer, and road workers will not necessarily know which type of barrier is protecting them, and therefore where the safe distance to work begins.
Highway Care has developed a colour-coded reminder fixed to the back of all barriers indicating deflection area, backed up coloured road studs which are placed on the ground at the edge of the deflection area. Again, these open source solutions can be used with any manufacturer’s products.
Both initiatives were launched at Traffex 2019 and have been extremely well received with Aone + trialling the reflective strips initiative on the A27, Worthing.
George Lee, Chief Executive, Highways Term Maintenance Association said:
“Safety and Collaboration sit at the heart of what HTMA is all about and, therefore, it is great to see these safety initiatives being driven by HTMA member companies, bringing different perspectives together to develop new but relatively straightforward approaches to enhancing road worker safety. The fact that these are ‘open source’ initiatives with anyone welcome to copy and adopt, without having to ‘buy in’ to someone’s system of product, not only serves to enhance the reputation of Highway Care, but also that of the sector as a progressive environment for innovation and safety.”