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New roadworks film packs powerful message

The sight of roadworks can cause a headache for us all, but today a power company is helping ensure that UK roadworks sites are safer by helping to train utility and highway workers.

From Press releases - 20 December 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and the South East, has produced a hard-hitting training film funded by Kent’s Lane Rental Innovation Fund.

In the film which was shot on location in Marks Tey, Essex, a young mum decides to push her pram into the road to avoid roadworks and is hit by a van, after safety barriers were knocked down by vandals overnight. A worker distracted by a telephone call, had failed to check the site properly.

The video, which can be watched at https://youtu.be/brdNZXgIjuU, shows the emotional impact as the worker reflects on his mistake and how the tragic accident could have been avoided.

Around four million excavations are undertaken on roads each year, including 2.5 million by utility companies. UK Power Networks carries out more than 75,000 roadworks a year to maintain and install electricity cables, and safety is the top priority.

Richard Boissieux, Street Works manager for UK Power Networks, said: “Street works are necessary to provide and maintain utility and transport services, but can pose a risk to others if standards are not kept in relation to signs, lighting and safeguards.
“Safety is paramount at UK Power Networks and, working with our partners, we wanted to update existing videos on this subject with a deliberately hard-hitting film to demonstrate a worst case scenario. The message of the film is that all road and utility workers have a responsibility to ensure the highest standards are maintained, not just for excavation teams but also the public passing by.”
Kent County Council’s highway policy and inspection manager David Latham said: “We are proud to support this safety video through our Lane Rental Fund.

“As joint chair of HAUC England [Highway Authorities and Utilities Committee] I am pleased to endorse this important safety message and thank UK Power Networks for their production of the video for the benefit of all those who carry out work on the highway