Managers commit to champion road safety initiative
Posted by Tracy Seward
Chief executives and senior managers of construction companies have taken on a commitment to become the first champions of the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (CLOCS) programme, with the aim of helping to reduce collisions between trucks and vulnerable road users.
The CLOCS scheme brings together developers, construction companies, operators, vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies to ensure a road safety culture is embedded across the construction industry.
By working together, the programme is helping to protect pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users who share the roads with construction vehicles.
Transport for London and Crossrail have already demonstrated how this can be effectively managed through specified road safety clauses in their procurement contracts.
All drivers working on their projects are required to have undergone extensive cycle safety training, while all vehicles must also be equipped with blind-spot mirrors, sidebars and other safety equipment.
IOSH has supported Transport for London’s CLOCS programme by sharing its health and safety expertise during workshops run by the transport body.
Explaining IOSH’s role in the scheme, Richard Jones, head of policy and public affairs at IOSH, said: “Health and safety professionals advise on managing work-related road risk in all employment sectors across the UK and abroad and so IOSH is very keen to support this important road safety initiative.
“Two IOSH representatives, one from our Construction Group and one from our Retail and Distribution Group, are helping CLOCS with this industry-led work and we’re promoting it to our wider membership so that good practice is shared.”
Many of the companies invited to be CLOCS champions also played a major role in developing a national Standard for construction logistics: Managing Work-related road risk – the CLOCS Standard.
It is the first national standard designed to help reduce collisions between vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross weight and all vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
Measures involved in the standard include routing and accident reporting, driver training and development, and truck safety features such as blind-spot minimisation.
Those committed to the programme, known as CLOCS Champions, have agreed to promote the standard throughout their own fleets and their supply chains.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: “Road safety is one of our top priorities as we work towards a 40 per cent reduction in, and ultimately the eradication of all, death and serious injury from roads. I would, therefore, like to personally thank all of our new CLOCS Champions for helping to make the UK’s streets safer for everyone who uses them.”
For more details about the CLOCS programme visit www.clocs.org.uk.
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