FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Cone Zone campaign is urging northern residents to slow down and pay attention when driving near roadside workers.
According to WorkSafeBC, 23 workers were injured in cone zones last year after being hit by a vehicle.. Between 2011 and 2020, 12 workers were killed, and 207 were injured in B.C.
With the construction season almost in full swing, more workers will be on the road, along with more drivers during the summer months.
“It’s a busy time for road maintenance, and we’re reminding drivers to slow down and drive with care. Using caution while passing through a job site will help keep our traffic controllers and construction workers safe while they do their job. Campaigns like this are great reminders to respect the Cone Zone for everyone’s safety,” says Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Cone Zones are work areas set up by roadside workers to protect themselves and the driving public. Drivers are urged to slow down when approaching a Cone Zone and follow instructions from traffic control workers, temporary road signs, and traffic control devices.
Entering its 11th year, the campaign, supported by the Work Zone Safety Alliance, wants to reduce the number of deaths and injuries to roadside workers by increasing awareness.
The campaign runs from May to August every year.