First publishedin World Highways
Work zone safety is of vital importance
The International Road Federation has highlighted worn zone safety practices in the United Kingdom by bestowing the 2018 IRF “Find a Way” Global Road Safety Award to Highways England, the agency tasked with managing the country’s major roads.
The Award was instituted in 2012 as part of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety by IRF chairman Eng Abdullah Al-Mogbel in recognition of the value of leadership by example in driving road traffic injury reduction strategies. Every year, the Award distinguishes outstanding commitment to safer roads by a local or national government on the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action.
This year’s award gives special attention to efforts undertaken by the public sector to protect staff and motorists in road work zones, currently responsible for hundreds of thousands of injuries and thousands of deaths worldwide. IRF president & CEO C Patrick Sankey noted, “Through this award, it is our hope that road agencies around the world will recognise the need to prioritise measures that improve the safety of contractors and the motoring public on road construction and rehabilitation sites, in line with IRF policy recommendations.”