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Transport for NSW launches new safety measure

Transport for NSW has initiated the use of rumble strips on selected roadwork site where the speed limit is 60 kilometres per hour or less.

The strips are 20 millimetres high, bright yellow pieces of plastic that vibrate when driven over, and alert drivers when they enter a roadwork zone.

SafeWork NSW Executive Director Operations Tony Williams said the high number of vehicle related incidents on roadwork sites has prompted the need for smarter initiatives.

“With the current amount of roadwork projects and investment in NSW, the more workers we have out there developing our infrastructure, the more we need to address the risks associated with construction work,” Mr. Williams said.

Rumble strips are a simple way to remind drivers and motorists that they are in a higher risk area.”

According to Mr. Williams, other essential safe work systems include separating workers from moving plant and vehicles wherever possible, physical barricades, exclusion zones and segregated work processes.

“I can’t overstate the importance of having a well thought out traffic management plan that reduces and controls any risks that cannot be eliminated,” he said.

“Slow down and look out so we can all ensure that improving NSW infrastructure is a safe and collaborative endeavour.”

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