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Motorways and trunk roads are full of dangers for those who work on them. Most motorists who flash past them every day are more concerned with the delays they create than with how they manage to stay alive and unscathed. But the risks of death and injury to highway worker are extremely high so a new DVD has been produced to help them stay safe.
“Your Life in the Fast Lane” was commissioned by the Road Workers Safety Forum committee and supported by U.K. Traffic Management companies, Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Highways Agency, Health and Safety Executive and the CITB. It takes a fresh approach to safety on high speed highways and explores many other issues concerning the dangers on modern roads in greater detail than its predecessor the “Your Life on the Line” video.
“Your Life in the Fast Lane” is built around the “Temporary Traffic Management onHigh Speed Roads-Good Working Practice” document (GWP) created by the DVD’s commissioners.
Your Life in the Fast Lane:
- Shows how the planning process is the key to successful traffic management
- Identifies the essential planning personnel
- Lists the qualifications highway workers must possess,
- Discusses the dangers of drink and drugs and the importance of Personal Protective
- Equipment (PPE).
- Illustrates different features of primary traffic management vehicles
- Itemises equipment and its inspection
- Advises on loading and checking the condition of signs and frames.
- Details the key procedures necessary to keep operatives and road-users safe during
- highway maintenance and building.
Operatives are seen throughout the video in various scenarios . . .on high-speed roads with and without hard shoulders, we see their work proceeding on two and three lane motorways, starting with the positioning of advance warning signs. We see the differing methods of how they install and remove traffic management, controlling the risks faced by them from working on high-speed roads. The DVD concludes with a look at the safety zone, the reporting of accidents and dealing with unusual situations.
Gerry Duffy, from the HTMASF and chair of the sub committee of the Road Workers Safety Forum said “We believe this highly detailed and instructive DVD is more than a worthy successor to “Your Life on the Line”.