HTMA in road worker safety plea

09/12/2016
Highways Reporters

The executive director of the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) has called on the sector to do more to improve road worker safety.

Last year the HTMA held a Road Workers summit which identified a series of challenges facing the industry.

Geoff Allister OBE (pictured) told Highways Magazine: “I think we are making progress, but there’s an enormous amount more that needs to be done. At the event last year we identified a range of nine issues that required action. However, we decided that we could not tackle all the issues at the same time so we took on three or four.
“For example, data collection is poor, both in terms of quantum and indeed in terms of consistency. If you haven’t got the right data then you could end up either fixing the wrong problem, or not fixing the problem at all. We need more sharing of best practice because that then entices a more consistent approach.”

The HTMA recently called on the highways sector to collate and report all incidents of road worker abuse, with Allister describing it as “one of the biggest issues facing the industry”.

He continued: “We targeted this area specifically and we’ve had some good successes. We’ve carried out a number of media interviews and worked with Highways Magazine to raise the profile of the issue. You’ve got to keep on at this in order to change cultures. We’ve also got to get through to motorists. We’ve been working with Transport Focus and we were on radio right up to the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2. We’re starting to get that groundswell of opinion changing, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

According to Allister, the process of planning roadworks and the length of time they should take to be completed, are both important factors when it comes to improving safety.
“The client has a role to play in all of this in terms of how the works are planned and how they’re managed,” he remarked. “For example, has the client allowed sufficient time for the works to be done? Has the client ensured that the provider has employed competent staff? Has the client got a competent designer? Those are all client responsibilities when it comes to traffic management. There are too many situations where a client turns around and says that the safety of roadworks is down to the provider. The provider has a big role to play on the ground, but there’s a whole process that goes before that.”

The Highways Term Maintenance Association is a trade organisation which represents the service providers who currently look after over 80% of the highway network within the United Kingdom. Its members are some of the best known consulting engineers, construction companies and service providers in the UK.
Highways jobs

Highways Infrastructure Manager

Northumberland County Council
£60,253 - £63,540
We have a rare and exciting opportunity for the role of Highways Infrastructure Manager Northumberland
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

Highways Project Technician

Cambridgeshire County Council
£18,795 - £21,166
We’re looking for strong team players interested in working with a variety of professional and community partners across Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Chief Officer

Leeds City Council
£85,207 to £93,727
We need a Chief Officer with that rare blend of strategic perspective with a genuine talent for engaging and supporting our workforce to be... Leeds, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Leeds City Council

Programme Director for Climate Change

Warwick District Council
Up to £91,500
This exciting new role will join our Corporate Management Team to formulate, oversee and implement the Climate Emergency Action Programme. Warwick, Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwick District Council

Sustainable Travel Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£33,600 - £45,400 per annum
Are you passionate about the environment, and the support services required to keep it safe, clean and green? Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Parks Constable

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£25,833 - £29,726 per annum
You will have previous experience as an attested police officer or as a Special Constable, British Transport Police or Royal Parks. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Collision Investigation Officer

Transport for Greater Manchester
£26,844.00 - £38,228.00 Per Annum
Are you excited by the opportunity to make a difference to the roads of Greater Manchester? Greater Manchester
Recruiter: Transport for Greater Manchester

2 x Environmental Health Officer (Food, Health & Safety)

Dacorum Borough Council
£31,218 to £39,786 (Inclusive of London Fringe Weighting) + Car Allowance   
Seeking to appoint 2 x fully qualified Environmental Health Officer’s to work within our... Hertfordshire
Recruiter: Dacorum Borough Council

Senior Traffic Engineer

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
£32.029 - £34.788
We seek an enthusiastic and experienced traffic engineer to manage our Traffic Team. East Riding of Yorkshire
Recruiter: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Head of Asset Management (Regeneration & Environment)

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£55,856 - £59,773
We have a current vacancy for the role of Head of Asset Management, and we are looking for a dynamic individual to lead the service Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Environmental Education Assistant

Brent Council
£22,779 - £24,030 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
Looking for instructors who complement our enthusiastic, motivated and friendly staff team. Brent, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Structures Asset Manager

Kent County Council
£52,713 - £58,774 per annum (salary dependent on experience) 
If you have the ability to succeed in either of these roles and are able to prioritise competing demands and objectives, coupled with... Ashford, Kent
Recruiter: Kent County Council

Structures Senior Engineer

Kent County Council
Starting salary £33,082 per annum
Providing engineering support for maintenance of highway structures, liaising and working closely across KCC. Ashford, Kent
Recruiter: Kent County Council

Development Management Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£37,849 - £39,782 per annum
The successful applicant for this post will be capable of taking the lead on work within the team associated with... Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Permit Officer – Place

Enfield London Borough Council
£27,228 - £29,241
You will have the ability to understand and learn relevant legislation and be able to work on your own initiative but also work as part of... Enfield (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Enfield London Borough Council

Senior Policy Planner

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£32,643 – £45,704 depending on skills
Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance? London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Community Services Manager

Copeland Borough Council
Competitive Salary
Looking for an energised and enthusiastic candidate to lead and focus the service through the challenges set by the Resources and Waste Strategy. Moresby, Whitehaven
Recruiter: Copeland Borough Council

Highways Infrastructure and Maintenance Manager - Highways Network

Bridgend County Borough Council
£37,813 - £40,760 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arrived inside the Highway Asset Maintenance Team within the Communities Directorate. Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
Recruiter: Bridgend County Borough Council

Business Support Officers - Transport Team (2 Jobs)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,554 - £21,166
Within the Transport Team you will be required to work flexibly in accordance with the needs of the service, which can men... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Transportation Planning Manager

Brent Council
£55,638 - £58,779 p.a. inc.
ou will have an excellent knowledge and understanding of transport policy at both local and national level. Expertise of both people and... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Brent Council

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

Valuing our roads: What is a network worth?

Also inside:

Traffex review 

Diary of a flood.

Beautiful roads

Live Labs exclusive briefing 

View the latest issue

Latest Video