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Vibrating hard hats protect Carillion roadworkers

25 Oct 13 Carillion is going the extra mile to protect its workers on the A23 Handcross to Warninglid road widening project.

The crew’s hard hats are fitted with a device that vibrates when they are near operational machinery and equipment to alert workers to the hazard.

The MyZone Worker Alert System was supplied by distributor TechGB Ltd.

There are approximately 170 people working on live carriageways on the A23 widening scheme in Sussex on a daily basis, as well as traffic officers and other road operatives, often close to traffic travelling at high speed.

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Carillion IMS manager Roy Pearson said: “As part of the overall strategy for providing a safe working environment for all, the site management have no doubt in confirming that the use of MyZone on the A23 project has played a vital and essential role in achieving our current safety statistics of 0.00 AFR and 72 weeks and 630,000 hours accident-free to date.”

Project manager Chris Bacon called for motorists to play their part too in safeguarding road workers. “Workers on the A23 Handcross to Warninglid project work around the clock – often just feet from live traffic – to bring benefits for the many drivers who use the road. Although we do our best to ensure the safety of our workforce, we are asking drivers to play their part too," he said.

“To allow two lanes of traffic to remain open during peak times, we have narrow lanes and speed limits in place to keep road users safe, as well as provide a safe area for workers. These measures smooth out the flow of traffic, give drivers more warning of hazards and reduce the risk of collisions involving road users and workers.”

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