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Risks faced by road workers revealed by mobile workforce job management system

More than one in three (35%) of people have witnessed another motorist driving carelessly or dangerously past roadworks in the last 12 months alone; indicating the high level of risks faced by UK road workers.

Roadworker on motorway

35% of people have witnessed another motorist driving carelessly or dangerously past roadworks in the last 12 months

The research, carried out by YouGov on behalf of mobile workforce job management system Re-flow, also found that 10% of UK adults have seen motorists entering roadworks and 5% – one in 20 – have watched a motorist physically colliding with the road working area.

In response, Re-flow, which offers a feature that enables the immediate recording and reporting of such incidents, is championing a new initiative to help people speak up and put a stop to dangerous working environments.

#RecordReportReduce to turn the corner on Road Worker Safety

The #RecordReportReduce mantra highlights three important steps for mobile workers to take for immediate action when their health and safety is compromised in any way:

  1. Record what happened while the details are fresh and action can be taken.
    2. Report it to the right person in your company, so they can follow it up or make changes to keep you safer.
    3. Reduce the chance of being in danger or in line for abuse if people can help.

Mike Saunders, managing director of Re-flow, said: “When we commissioned this survey, we were expecting a few hotspots to appear that shone a spotlight on the careless and dangerous driving of some UK motorists, but the high averages across the country have set alarm bells ringing. People must take more responsibility for their own driving, and road workers must be given more opportunities to report incidents to the right people immediately.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.