The Road Workers’ Safety Forum (RoWSaF) has received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its collaborative work and innovations to make roadworks safer.
Traffic management is a high risk environment for workers and RoWSaF, a voluntary group from across the highways industry, works to minimise occupational hazards to road workers.
RoWSaF has reduced risks by developing improvements in how road workers operate, including; significantly reducing the number of times they cross carriageways to lay or retrieve temporary traffic management cones and signs; providing guidance to the industry; and raising road users’ awareness of risk to road workers.
The Prince Michael Awards’ judging panel said: "This highly innovative and effective forum brings together those responsible for the engineering workforce, the combined knowledge and experience of many commercial and statutory organisations, and ensures that the highest levels of duty of care are in force."
Speaking on behalf of RoWSaF, Paul Mitchell, head of health and safety at the Highways Agency, said: "This award is fantastic recognition for the years of hard work put in by all of the RoWSaF partners.
“There is no doubt that the new techniques and procedures that we have introduced have saved lives, but there is still work to do and the forum will continue to drive forward innovations that make roadworks safer for everyone."