The 2021 Cone Zone campaign reminds drivers to slow down when approaching workers in a Cone Zone.
Over the last 10 years in B.C., 12 roadside workers died and 207 were injured
The BC Cone Zone campaign, now in its 11th year, sets out to remind drivers, employers, and workers to do their part to prevent injuries and deaths of
roadside workers in the Nanaimo area.
Roadside work is a dangerous job. Between 2011 and 2020, 12 roadside workers were killed and 207 were injured in B.C. Last year, 23 workers were injured because of being hit by a motor vehicle.
The risks to roadside workers are more prevalent in the summer months as roadside work increases at this time of year and traffic levels typically rise.
The campaign reminds Nanaimo area drivers to slow down
when approaching a Cone Zone and to pay attention to instructions from traffic control persons, temporary road signs, and traffic control devices.
In addition, under the “Slow
Down, Move Over” law, drivers should be prepared to reduce speed and if safe to do so, move over to an open lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing amber, red, or blue lights (tow, fire, police, ambulance).
Zones are work areas set up by roadside workers to protect themselves and the driving public. Road-maintenance crews, tow truck operators, first responders, municipal workers, traffic control persons, construction crews, and other roadside workers all depend
on drivers to respect the Cone Zone to keep their workplaces safe.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their workers
and contractors along BC’s roads and highways, including:
• Ensuring their workers understand the hazards related to working at the roadside.
• Providing their workers with training, equipment,
supervision and resources to help keep them safe.
Roadside workers can work safely by:
• Knowing how to identify hazards and assess
• Following safe work procedures, including work zone set-up and take-down.
• Wearing appropriate high-visibility clothing and other PPE.
• Reporting unsafe
work conditions to their supervisor.
Harry Bains, Minister of Labour: “It’s important that workers are safe on the job, and in fact it’s their lawful right. In addition to the hazards of roadwork, flaggers and other
people who work in Cone Zones face additional risks from passing vehicles. I ask all drivers to do their part and slow down so these workers remain safe and return home healthy at the end of their shifts.”
Rob Fleming, Minister
of Transportation and Infrastructure: “It’s a busy time for road maintenance and we’re reminding drivers to slow down and drive with care. Using caution while passing through a job site will help keep our traffic controllers and construction
workers safe while they do their job. Campaigns like this are great reminders to respect the Cone Zone, for everyone’s safety.”
Louise Yako, Program Director Road Safety At Work: “One of the greatest
risks to a roadside worker is a motor vehicle being driven through their workplace. Dangerous driving behaviour like speeding and distracted driving puts these workers at risk of injury and death.”
“The Cone Zone
campaign is a joint provincial initiative supported by the Work Zone Safety Alliance of organizations committed to improving the safety of roadside workers. Until the number of fatalities and injuries is zero, we will continue to take action to protect roadside
workers. We ask all drivers, and roadside employers and workers to do the same.”
Al Johnson, Head of Prevention Services at WorkSafeBC: Roadside work is a dangerous job—and spring and summer are the busiest times
of the year for these workers. Drivers must remember to reduce their speed, pay attention, and be respectful of the roadside workers and their workplace, so these women and men can go home safely to their families at the end of the day.”