May 18, 2015

Safety campaign reaches membership milestone

A campaign to cut the number of accidents involving construction HGVs colliding with pedestrians, cyclists and other road users has signed up its 100th supporter.

The Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) campaign, which aims to bring on-road safety in line with on-site safety, announced that it had hit the milestone at the end of April,  two years after CLOCS was launched by Transport for London and construction industry leaders.

Fleet operators, construction clients and developers are among the scheme’s supporters, who include Crossrail,  the London Borough of Camden, Morgan Sindall and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

The campaign aims to improve vehicle safety by manufacturing safer new vehicles or by modifying old vehicles, ensuring road safety is seen to be as important as site safety and encouraging adoption of best practice in construction logistics.

Around 55 per cent of cyclist fatalities in London between 2008 and 2013 involved a HGV, of which a disproportionate number were construction vehicles.

CLOCS project director John Hix said: “There has been a huge response to the problem from the construction industry, demonstrated by so many companies, of all sizes, embracing the CLOCS initiative and making a true commitment to change.”

Health and safety is a key issue for the construction sector, which the Health and Safety Executive describes as a “high risk industry”. Although it has only about five per cent of employees in Britain, in 2013-14 it accounted for 31 per cent of fatal injuries to workers and ten per cent of reported major/specified injuries.

At Palmers, we offer expert advice on both health and safety compliance for the construction sector along with representation in health and safety investigations and prosecutions.

Our road traffic team also provides specialist advice and representation to construction businesses and their employees dealing with traffic offences, with the aim of defending and preserving licences, wherever possible. For more information, please contact Jeremy Sirrell.