Road Side Check PointWorking On or Near a Road

Many jobs involve working on or near a road such as:

  • Service Engineers
  • Emergency Service Workers (e.g. fire brigade, ambulance personnel)
  • Enforcement Bodies (e.g. An Garda Síochána, HSA, Customs and Excise)
  • Local Authority Staff (e.g. school wardens, refuse collectors)
  • Vehicle Recovery Staff
  • Construction Personnel
  • Utilities installations and repair staff

In the period 2003 – 2008:

  • 9 people were killed whilst working on or near a road.
  • A third of these deaths involved a reversing vehicle.
  • All fatalities involved men.
  • The main work activities being carried out at the time were refuse collection, road resurfacing, cone laying/retrieval and accident scene attendance.

Further information

  1. Legal requirements for construction work on or near roads, see the Guidelines for Working on Roads.
  2. Examples of best practice for safety of those working at road work zones. PRAISE Thematic Report 6: Road Safety at Work Zones