15 roadside workers killed, hundreds injured over 10 years: WorkSafeBC

Last year, one roadside worker died on the job and 21 were injured and missed time at work.

Cone Zones are work areas set up by roadside workers to protect themselves and the driving public. Workers at risk include traffic-control persons, tow-truck operators, first responders and machine operators who work alongside or on roads in close proximity to traffic. Between 2007 and 2016, 15 roadside workers were killed and 229 were injured and missed time from work as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle.

“We want to remind drivers to slow down, pay attention to instructions from roadside workers, abide by temporary road signs and leave their phones alone,” says Trina Pollard, Manager of Industry and Labour Services, WorkSafeBC. “Every roadside worker deserves to make it home to their family at the end of their shift without injury.”

Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their workers and are required to train and supervise their workers. Roadside workers can engage in safe work by:

  • Knowing how to identify hazards and assess risks
  • Following safe work procedures
  • Following set-up and take-down regulations
  • Wearing appropriate high-visibility garments
  • Reporting unsafe work conditions to their supervisor

Major projects underway during the 2017 spring and summer months include the Mountain Highway Interchange Project in North Vancouver, Hwy 91 at 72nd Ave. Interchange Project in Delta, Road Resurfacing on Highway H19 in the Campbell River area and the Burrard Corridor Infrastructure Upgrade in Vancouver.

Employers and workers can access online tools and resources at Cone Zone BC and worksafebc.com/conezone.