Vancouver Police Department increases enforcement in support of roadside worker safety

Vancouver Police Department increases enforcement in support of roadside worker safety

Canadian Occupational Safety

The Vancouver Police Department has partnered with the Work Zone Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC, as of May 14, to launch the eighth annual B.C. Cone Zone Campaign, with an enforcement blitz.

“With the increase in road work at this time of year across the province, I can’t stress enough the need for all drivers to slow down and use caution in construction zones. The people carrying out this important road work are in a vulnerable position, and they deserve our patience and full attention,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena.

Last year in British Columbia, one roadside worker died as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle, and 25 were injured. Between 2008 and 2017, there were a total of 12 roadside worker deaths and 218 injuries as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle. Of all those roadside workers injured, 42 per cent were traffic control persons, 14 per cent were truck drivers and 10 per cent were public services/construction labourers…(Read the full story)

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