Go slow in cones zones

Every day thousands of workers in British Columbia work in the “Cone Zone,” potentially high-risk environments in close proximity to traffic

BURNABY/CNW/   Every day thousands of workers in British Columbia work in the “Cone Zone,” potentially high-risk environments in close proximity to traffic.

They include municipal workers, landscapers, flag people, tow-truck drivers, road-construction and road-maintenance workers, telecommunications and utility workers, and emergency and enforcement personnel.

In the last 10 years, 386 WorkSafeBC claims were made by workers – typically working in Cone Zones who were struck by motor vehicles. Of the claims, 46 per cent were classified as serious injuries and three percent resulted in the death of the worker.

When you enter the “Cone Zone,” reduce your speed, pay attention, and be respectful of the roadside workers and their workplace. For more information about roadside worker safety visit WorkSafeBC.com or www.BCAATSF.ca.