Highways safety event brings new focus on workers


One of Europe's leading highways safety events, Highways SIB (Seeing is Believing), has launched a new feature this year focusing on the key issue of road worker safety.

The inaugural Road Worker Safety Showcase will allow visitors to see a range of new products in action, all of which help ensure operatives and engineers working on the road are kept safe.


The news comes after Highways England has made a major push to improve safety, following the deaths of 15 workers on motorways and major A roads in England over the last decade.

Alec Peachey, editor of Highways Magazine which helps run the show, said: ‘According to Highways England (HE) the average fatality rate for those working on the road network is one of the highest among all sectors in the UK, so road worker safety is a very important issue in the industry. We want to showcase all of the great work and latest innovations in the sector that help keep workers and road users safe.’

Among the new products on display is the WJ Guardian system, which allows the installation of road studs by operatives protected from within an integrated safety cell on an 18-ton truck.

Visitors can also have a go on Highway Care’s Barrier Transfer Machine (BTM) and experience for themselves moving a positive barrier from one lane to another with the QuickChange Moveable Barrier (QMB).

Those test driving the machine will be scored and the winner will receive a pair of hospitality tickets to the 2017 Mini Challenge races.

Highway Care will also showcase latest highways innovation, the SOSEC Mobile Highways Access Gate – the first solar powered barrier access gate.

In addition to the showcase, visitors will be able to watch demos and displays focusing on maintenance matters, hear key debates and talks with top names in the sector and visit more than 70 exhibitors.

As part of the conference programme, the event also features a debate entitled ‘Road worker safety – from rhetoric to action’, which is being delivered by the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) from 4.45pm to 5.30pm on 10 November. 

Highways Seeing Is Believing is taking place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire from 9-10 November.

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