The new type of cones supplement signage within traffic management layouts on its Highways Agency managing agent contracts (MAC) in south west (Area 1), central southern (Area 3) and north west (Area 13) regions.
Green cones are used to indicate the entrance to work sites from live carriageways and yellow cones to alert workers to the proximity of overhead high voltage cables. The idea came from operative Colin Seager and area operations manager Clive Stears.
The new cones will be used on closures on the network in both areas to supplement – but not replace – the standard signage for work sites.
SHE director Lucy Anderson said: “We are now making use of these cone variants as part of our traffic management layouts in order to demark and add emphasis to certain parts of our sites which come with inherent risks.
“This approach should ultimately help to make our work sites even safer. The cones are used to supplement existing signage (such as ‘works access’ signs) and do not replace the need to use these signs.”
Area 1 general manager Nick Carter added: “EM operates a very successful staff suggestion scheme. Some of our most innovative ideas have come from those working on the ground in a live traffic environment. We encourage all our staff to suggest new ideas to us.”