Throughout November, RA in support of the AAPA Safety at Roadworks Series, encouraged members to attend workshops around the nation.
Issues explored included near miss reporting to affect behavioural change, workforce psychology, road safety device innovation, barriers to safety and putting safety first on every project, particularly when working on powered mobile plant (for example – can’t see, can’t move).
Key take outs from the forum included:
- VicRoads announced that a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed on November 19with Workcover to share information regarding the safety performance of contractors.
- There is a call for innovation to enhance productivity and safety on road work sites. We need to get better working in an around loose gravel.
- Greater definition is required to understand what a smart road work site looks like.
- Improve credibility using signage at road work sites. Make more use of VMS. Explain why the work is happening. Don’t leave signage out at night.
- Enforcement of speed is essential (e.g. point to point cameras)
- Traffic management is a not a separate part of any project. It should be an integrated feature where the site foreman holds responsibility.
- AAPA announced that a summary report from the series will be presented to Austroads in the coming months.
- AAPA announced the 2015 National Workshop Series - ‘Quality Roads, Fixed Budgets’ Keeping quality up and costs down.