Road safety

The Cone Zone campaign promotes road safety on construction sites | NanaimoNewsNOW

WorkSafeBC statistics show that two roadside workers were killed and 31 were injured and had to miss work after being hit by vehicles in British Columbia in 2021.

Over the past 10 years in British Columbia, vehicle collisions have killed 12 roadside workers and 221 others have been injured and have had to miss work.

“That’s 233 people – moms, dads, friends, co-workers and neighbors,” said Trace Acres, Workplace Traffic Safety Program Director and Cone Zone campaign spokesperson.

“Every roadside worker…deserves to go home with their family at the end of their shift injury-free.”

Roadside workers include road maintenance and construction crew workers, first responders, municipal workers, traffic controllers, landscapers, tow truck drivers and others.

The campaign aims to educate workers about the risks a motor vehicle poses to workers, particularly when drivers are distracted, speeding or engaging in other unsafe or dangerous behaviors.

Drivers are reminded to slow down, pay attention and follow the instructions of flaggers, temporary traffic signs and traffic control devices when in a cone zone.

Motorists are also reminded that if there are vehicles with flashing red, blue or amber lights stopped on the side of the road, the provincial “Slow Down, Move On” law applies.

Drivers are required by law to slow to 70 kilometers per hour in areas where the posted limit is 80 kilometers per hour or more, or 40 kilometers per hour in areas where the limit is less than 80 kilometers per hour.

Motorists who do not reduce their speed in work zones can be issued a $173 ticket which also carries three penalty points.