Safety innovation keeps road workers off the carriageway


Attendees at Road Expo 2016 will have the chance to see an innovation in road worker safety that could help reduce casualties across the UK as teams service millions of road studs on the national and local road network.

Road markings company WJ has developed its Guardian system as a new method of road stud installation designed to prevent vulnerable operatives from having to step onto the carriageway.

WJ's Guardian system in action

The design allows for the complete road stud installation process to take place while an operative is protected within an integrated safety cell of an 18-ton truck.

Previous methods of installation involve operatives stalling studs using tools or machinery that required them to be at the edge or centre of the carriageway.

Wayne Johnston, WJ Group managing director said: ‘Safety is fundamental to our business, that’s why we invest huge sums in research and development, we always strive for continuous improvement and I am totally committed to changing the way we work.’

The patent pending WJ Guardian road stud installation technology was the result of a development project led by WJ’s engineering division in Elland West Yorkshire.

Road Expo is one of Scotland’s largest transport and road conference and exhibitions and takes place on the 2-3 November in Edinburgh this year. The event will feature more than 100 exhibitors and two CPD certified seminar theatres, curated by Transport Scotland and SCOTS. To book your free place register here.

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