More signage to protect workers on construction sites

Plus de signalisation pour protéger les travailleurs des chantiers

Many of the measures of protection will be added on the various road works in the province in the next few days to ensure the safety of workers.

This is what the government of the CAQ announced, Friday morning, at the unveiling of the action Plan 2020-2023 safety on the sites of road works.

Among other measures, the signalmen, who will now carry a helmet “more light”, will be able to use the gates operated by remote control to help them in their work and create a barrier between them and the motorists. It is a first use of this device in Quebec.

Many radars pédagogiques, indicating to drivers the speed at which they roll, will also be added to several sites to encourage people to slow down. In addition, there will be an improvement of the location signals so that they are more visible.

Many of the incidents

Between 2017 and 2019, nearly 1,700 accidents occurred in construction zones of the work, making 2309 victims, of whom 24 died. The number of people injured, 70 were flagmen road, and five of them have succumbed to their injuries.

“He had to do something and take action […] to secure these workers on construction sites. Today, it is a beautiful message that it sends to the families of the signalmen,” says the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel.

In addition, Mr. Bonnardel said that this is the biggest plan of action for the protection of workers established by the department since the beginning of its existence. A quarantine action will come out of this plan, which takes effect immediately, but which will be tabled this fall.

“I am very sensitive to this reality that the workers live on the construction sites. There is a need to act,” says his side the minister of public Safety, Geneviève Guilbault.

A good start, but…

To the president of CSD construction, Carl Dufour, these new measures are a good start, but there is still a way to go.

Carl Dufour, president of the CSD-Construction

“What we would have liked is to have a signaling site “assets” and “non-asset”, he says.

This kind of signaling would allow drivers to know if there are workers on construction sites.

“Often, [the drivers] come on a site of evening or week-end where there are no workers. They then arrive on a second or a third project, thinking that there is no one then that this is not the case, and it is there that occur the accidents,” says Mr. Dufour.

He would also like to see all the cones of the construction sites of long duration are replaced by concrete walls, as is the case on the site of the work to widen highway Henri-IV, in Québec city.

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