Lorry Danger Reduction Campaign
We are being told more and more to get out of our cars and take up walking and cycling. Whilst this has many positive outcomes, it also makes it more likely that cyclists and pedestrians will be injured or even killed in road traffic collisions.
We know there are a high number of construction vehicles involved is collisions with vulnerable road users, these are vehicles used on building sites such as cement mixers or tipper trucks.
For example between 2013 and 2015 - 477 people were killed or seriously injured by an HGV; 40% of these were pedestrians, 25% were cyclists and 35% were motorcyclists. It is believed that around 40 of these were due specifically to construction vehicles.
But there something that can be done. We want all companies or contractors using HGVs to be enrolled in the Construction Logistics and Community Safety Scheme or CLOCS.
CLOCS aims to change the way the construction industry manages work related road risk. This is done in three ways; by improving the safety of member’s construction vehicles, addressing the imbalance between member’s on-site health and safety measures and the precautions which should be taken off site, and encouraging wider adoption of best practise.
We are working to identify victims and the families of victims who have been involved in collusions with constructions vehicles. We want to highlight their stories to industry bodies to show them the human impact that these collisions have – and demonstrate why CLOCS is such an important scheme.
Please email us if you would like to share your story of a collision with a construction vehicle. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will also be working with others to encourage more local authorities and government bodies to become CLOCS champions. This will ensure that any company who works for these bodies would need to be CLOCS affiliated. We will let you know over the coming months how you can get more involved.