The 12th Annual BC Cone Zone Campaign is underway and Southern Interior drivers are reminded to be cautious in cone zones.
WorkSafeBC reports that two roadside workers were killed in the province last year and 31 others were injured after being struck by a vehicle. Over the past decade, these figures add up to 12 lives lost and 221 people lost from work due to road accidents.
“That’s 233 people: moms, dads, friends, co-workers and neighbors,” says Trace Acres, Workplace Road Safety Program Director and Cone Zone campaign spokesperson. âEvery roadside worker in the Southern Interior deserves to return home to their family at the end of their shift injury-free.â
The Cone Zone campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers faced by roadside workers, which include construction crews, traffic controllers, tow truck drivers and first responders.
When entering a cone zone, drivers should slow down, follow directions from those directing traffic, pay attention to temporary traffic signs, and leave their phones alone.
If no speed limit is posted in a cone zone, drivers may continue at the regular posted speed.
If there are vehicles on the side of the road with flashing red, blue or amber lights, follow provincial rules to slow down and move.
The Cone Zone Campaign is a joint provincial initiative supported by the Work Zone Safety Alliance of organizations committed to improving roadside worker safety.
âUntil the number of fatalities and injuries is zero, we will continue to take action to protect roadside workers,â Acres said. “We are asking all drivers, roadside employers and workers to do the same.”