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.