Poor traffic management costs $1.5m

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Poor traffic management costs $1.5m

01/06/2018

Poor traffic management costs $1.5m

A fatal accident during night roadworks has cost VicRoads and Downer EDI over $1.5m.

The tragic accident involved a street sweeper which backed over a worker who was adjusting traffic cones.

The County Court heard the risk of serious injury or death from a collision between the street sweeper and workers was high, and safety concerns about driving of the sweeper had been raised with the site supervisor, but not addressed.

VicRoads was fined $250,000 and Downer EDI fined $1.3m.

Evidence was presented on what they should have done to prevent this accident, including:

  • Ensure night worksites are well-lit, with clear signage and barriers to direct traffic away from workers.
  • Adequate space provided for plant operation.
  • Documented traffic management plan in place, all workers trained in it and complied with.
  • Procedures for placing and removing traffic control devices (e.g. witches hats) included in plan.
  • Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) for hazardous tasks e.g. operating plant near pedestrians.

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