Construction industry redraws safety boundaries to protect cyclists

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner, yesterday congratulated construction industry leaders for redrawing safety boundaries to reduce the number of collisions between trucks and vulnerable road users1.

Speaking at the third Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme update at London’s Guildhall held on 10 July 2014, Sir Peter thanked industry representatives for the progress made to date and committed to continue working with them to improve safety for all road users.

Industry leaders, including Lafarge Tarmac and FM Conway, spoke about the safety improvements they are making to their operations and how the construction industry is leading the drive to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

Academics and vehicle manufacturers outlined their research and progress in designing safer trucks for the construction industry and all CLOCS members have agreed that the same rigorous approach to safety observed on construction sites will now be applied to road safety in their industry.

A range of trucks used in construction were on hand so delegates could experience how the blind-spot reduction in emerging truck designs compares to a typical construction truck.

In addition, the ‘CLOCS Manager’ trial was launched. This web-based tool will enable the construction industry to log, collate and share road safety data in order to improve road safety. By collating this data, CLOCS Manager will make it easier to study and learn safety lessons helping to further improve the safety of all road users.

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at Transport for London (TfL), said: ‘The response of this industry to our initial cycle safety report last year continues to amaze us. They have moved road safety to the top of their agenda and today’s event shows they want to keep it there. Their ongoing revolution in construction logistics and road safety will dramatically increase the safety of all road users and especially the most vulnerable.

‘We look forward to continuing to work alongside these businesses to ensure these tough new standards are properly embedded and enforced and develop new vehicles that are safer for everyone.’

Sean McGrae, senior national transport manager at Lafarge Tarmac told the meeting: ‘Lafarge Tarmac has redrawn the boundaries in terms of fleet safety and health, by applying the same rigorous safety rules and reporting to the activities of our fleet both out on the road and when on our own sites.

‘We believe that by understanding and owning  incidents which take place beyond our site boundaries, so we can investigate and learn from them; an important step in helping to continually improve road safety for all road users.’

Mark Starosolsky Logistics Leader at Laing O’Rourke’s presentation outlined the challenges facing construction fleet operators. Most construction vehicles designs focused on their off-road capabilities which placed the driver higher in the cab and reduced the drivers’ field of direct vision. Fleet operators are having to retro-fit safety equipment and through the CLOCS programme are now working with vehicle manufacturers on new truck designs.

The CLOCS programme is the industry’s response to a report commissioned by TfL in February 2013. It brings together developers, construction companies, operators, vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies to ensure a road safety culture is embedded across the construction industry.

Many of the companies in attendance played a major role in developing the Standard for construction logistics: Managing work related road risk, the first national standard designed to help reduce collisions between trucks and all vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.

These companies have also committed to becoming CLOCS Champions and are promoting the Standard throughout their own fleets and their supply chains. By ensuring that their suppliers conform to the standard, safety improvements can be cascaded through the construction industry.

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Other speakers included:

•           Dr Steve Summerskill of the Loughborough University Design School

•           Emma Delmonte and Ryan Robbins of the Transport Research Laboratory

•           Mark Starosolsky of Laing O’Rourke

•           Phil Rootham from Scania GB

•           Sean McGrae from LaFarge Tarmac

•           Sharon Field from FM Conway

•           Mick Heduan MBE from Crossrail

•           Dylan Roberts of Skanska

The 10 July event saw the first construction company – Mace – to bear the CLOCS branding as part of their construction site hoarding lines. These sites are:

  • One Angel Court, London UK
  • 5 Broadgate, London UK
  • Sky,  London, UK

CLOCS Champions include:

Amey UK J Murphy & Sons
Argent Keltbray
Broadgate Estates Laing O’Rourke
Berkeley Group Lafarge Tarmac
British Land Land Securities
Carillion Lend Lease
Cemex Mace
CILT Mineral Products   Association
City of London O’Donovan (Waste   Disposal) Ltd
Construction Plant-hire   Association P J Carey
Costain See Me Save Me Campaign
Crossrail Skanska
Cycle to Thames Tideway Tunnels
Day Aggregates Thames Water
FM Conway Travis Perkins
Gatwick Group Vinci
ICE Wilson James

The speakers’ presentation slides are available on the CLOCS website.

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