Road works are a fact of life. Some are laid out correctly and safely, some not so correctly and not so safely! So, the objective of this new training film, A Guide to Safer Road Works Ahead, is to help all those who set out and manage road works to ensure that they are, and remain, safe for both operatives and the public.
Recently, the Department of Transport released a revised version of its Code of Practice, the popular ‘red book’. It was officially titled ‘Safety at Street Works and Road Works’. In particular, this revised and updated Code of Practice places emphasis on the need to carry out a robust risk assessment before every job. Additionally, it focuses on the needs of vulnerable road users, including:
- Wheelchair users
- Those with sight and/or hearing impairment
- Horse riders
Consequently, ‘A Guide to Safer Road Works’ – the latest DVD release from Paragon Training – provides a general introduction to safe road works. Then, it applies this to several typical road works layouts we encounter daily on UK public highways. It addresses the essential need for pre-job risk assessment and takes the viewer through the important steps of safely planning and setting out of a road works site. This includes situations using simple ‘give & take’ control, stop/go board control and traffic light control. What’s more, it also covers the requirements for mobile and short duration road works.
This new programme is delivered on DVD and comes with a screen menu, giving the viewer access to 16 essential but separate sections. Plus, a ‘Play All’ function allows the trainee to view all eight sections sequentially, with a total duration of around 25 minutes.
A Guide to Safer Road Works sections include:
- The Basics
- Before Going to Site
- Arriving at Site
- Before Work Starts
- The Works Site
- Setting-up a Works Site
- During Work
- Pavement Works
- Cycle and Horse Routes
- Site Layouts
- Trams & Railways
- Traffic Control
- Mobile & Short Duration Works
All of the guidance given is based on and fully compliant with the Department of Transport’s revised and updated Code of Practice.
Therefore, ‘A Guide to Safer Road Works’ is an essential addition to any professional safety training library.