Highways England Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards winners
A camera system that can spot road workers speeding on construction sites and road users who drive through cones has scooped a new health and safety Highways England award.
The SAFETYcam system, which was developed by Carnell Support Services and Kier Highways was one of two winners in the innovation category at Highways England’s inaugural Health, Safety and Wellbeing awards.
The system is housed in a vehicle and is currently being tested on motorways and A-Roads managed by Highways England around the country.
In its first trials, which took place in the West Midlands, the camera system helped achieve a 50% reduction in the number of road workers driving above the speed limit through sites.
And in Essex, another trial saw roadwork incursions fall by more than 80%.
“This project and the other winners show how innovative ways of thinking will make things safer for those working on and using our strategic road network and these awards also highlight the mental health and wellbeing of staff is as important as feeling safe in the workplace,” said Highways England’s chief executive, Jim O’Sullivan.
Innovation winner – vehicle load security
The other winner in the innovation category was a vehicle load security initiative developed by Highways England’s incident prevention team and the Health and Safety Laboratory.
The programme aimed to improve the awareness and understanding around safely securing loads on lorries or for customers transporting large goods.
Chairman’s award for safety programme
In addition to the various categories, there was also a special overall chairman’s award, which was chosen from all the winners and went to the Clancy Group for their work related safety programme.
“I am delighted that colleagues in Highways England and partner organisations are finding ways to reduce injuries on our roads,” added Highways England’s chairman, Colin Matthews.
“Congratulations to Clancy Group whose success in making the roads safer for their drivers can be widely replicated by others.”
With employees who drive for business more likely to be killed at work than deep sea divers or coal miners, driver safety is a vital business consideration.
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