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Safer road works ahead

10 December 2014

Paragon Training says the objective of its new training film is to help all those involved in setting out and managing road works to ensure that they are, and remain, safe for both operatives and the public.

The Department of Transport recently released a revised version of its Code of Practice, the popular ‘red book’, officially titled ‘Safety at Street Works and Road Works'.  This revised and updated Code of Practice places particular emphasis on the need for undertaking a robust risk assessment before every job, and also focusses on the needs of venerable road users including:

Wheelchair users
Those with sight and/or hearing impairment
Horse riders

‘Safer Road Works Ahead’ the latest DVD video release from Paragon Training (release date December 2014), provides both a general introduction to safe road works and also applies this to several typical road works layouts encountered daily on the public highways across the UK.  It addresses the essential need for pre-job risk assessment and takes the viewer through the important steps of safely planning and setting out of a road works site, including situations using simple ‘give & take’ control, stop/go board control, traffic light control.  It also covers the requirements for mobile and short duration road works.

This new programme is delivered on DVD video disc and is provided with a screen menu giving the viewer access to 16 essential but separate sections.  A ‘Play All’ function allows the trainee to view all eight sections sequentially with a total duration of approximately 25 minutes. Sections include:

The Basics
Before Going to Site
Arriving at Site
Before Work Starts
The Works Site
Setting-up a Works Site
During Work
Pavement Works
Cycle and Horse Routes
Site Layouts
Trams & Railways
Traffic Control
Mobile & Short Duration Works

The guidance given is based on and fully compliant with the Department of Transport’s revised and updated Code of Practice.