In 2005 the HTMA reported 5 deaths and 12 major injuries to roadside workers – all the fatalities were caused by workers being struck by oncoming vehicles.
Between 2003 and 2008, 11 road workers were killed and 104 were seriously injured on motorways and major routes in England (Source – Highways Agency)
It is important for employers to ensure they meet their duty of care to employees, ensuring that roadside workers are safe in their safety critical roles.
A system of regular medical checks, as recommended by the HSE, will help rule out the chances of ill-health affecting judgement and adding to the risk. This may be an undiagnosed issue such as diabetes, asthma or vertigo caused by an ear infection, or even (and more commonly) uncontrolled high blood pressure.
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