Every November I travel to Edinburgh, Scotland. This year was no different I was on Acklea Ltd stand showing of the Scorpion crash cushion. We all met at the usual hotel in Edinburgh on the night before the show for a catch up. Acklea Ltd very kindly allowed my to use there stand to promote our safety campaign “Help Me Get Home”. So I arrived about 09:00 and got a few of the promotional hand outs ready for the start of the show. Usual type of things pen, car stickers and wrist bands. Only forgot about the mugs in the boot of my car.
At 09:30 the show doors opened, with all the usual suspects were in attendance, ABG Ltd, Acklea Ltd, Alba Traffic Management, A-Plant Lux , BCS Group Plc. Border Barrier Systems, Clearview Traffic Group Ltd, Coneworx Ltd, Highway Care Ltd, Road Safety Markings Association, Safety Vehicles Hire & Lease Ltd, Solar Signs UK Ltd, SRL Traffic Systems Ltd, The Rich Works, Transport Scotland and Westcotec Ltd, just to name a few.
One of the first visitors to the stand was Derek Mackay Minster for Transport for Scotland and the Isles.
I explained about our mission for the campaign. “Our mission is a one-stop safety shop for all carriageway workers. Sharing all safety information across the industry will have a better influence than just keeping it to your company or your supply chain. After all, everyone has the right to get home after their shift on the carriageway”.
By the end of the day I had secured a definite fee to advertise on the website and three other companies willing to pay for advertising on the website. Overall a very good day the more and more people know about your campaign “Help Me Get Home”
Remember it will only work if you get involved, so tell your employers about the campaign and it would be good to share safety information.
On Wednesday 21st October I travelled to the NEC in Birmingham. I didn’t know what to expect as this was the first summit. I arrived at 09:00 for a coffee and a bit of networking. I saw a few friendly faces which help breaks the ice at these sort of meetings.
The opening address, was meant to be by the transport minster, but unfortunately he couldn’t make it through having a busy diary, I thought nice to feel wanted another let down for road workers. The opening address, started about the changes in CDM 2015, Its all about openness and what was described as the three C’s.
Wow, I thought that’s exactly what’s our campaign is all about sharing safety alerts, incidents and best practice, so the whole industry can stay safe not just the big companies. The rest of the opening address informed us, what the rest of the day was going to be about, we had to choose to attend two different workshops.
My first workshop was Behaviour Change. The theme was “Just Culture”. I really enjoyed this workshop, we started with SKATE;
This is fine but we have a transit work force, how can we monitor or control the behaviour of the operatives? A visible leadership, upper management carrying out site visits, holding front line forums with the operatives working on the carriageway. Everything our safety campaign is all about. A voice for the operatives.
My second workshop was “Improving Traffic Management through Collaboration” again something our campaign is trying to achieve. This workshop was hosted by Colas Ltd. This workshop was the one of the best I have attended, It wasn’t about Colas Ltd, It was about us the candidates, answering three questions and the diversity of answers were very different but really they were the same. We watched a shocking video of an IPV strike, that really hit home. I would like to thank Dennis Gregg, Robert Cummings and Dr Ryan Wood for a great workshop. I am really impressed with Colas Ltd’s attitude and determination to Road Worker Safety.
My biggest disappointment of the day was the lack of attendees from companies who work on the carriageways and local authorities. Here’s hoping for a better turn out next year.
What a week, talk about crossroads, T junctions and roundabouts. After four and a half years at Mervyn Lambert Plant Ltd , I’ve now left. Now I work at Capital Traffic in Essex.
Thank you Jonathan & Kelly Thompson for the opportunity to help your company and training centre grow.
On Wednesday I visited Traffex at the NEC in Birmingham armed with 200 car stickers. First stop was at the Signal Traffic Management stand, what lovely people, after a short chat about Help Me Get Home Safety Campaign they agreed to display the car stickers in their vehicles, “Thank You”. Next it was on to the Highways Industries.com stand, and I met up with Adiran Pulham of Up to Speed Training and Assessment Centre. Up to Speed are pushing the Help Me get home safety campaign very hard and have agreed to place the logo on their centres staff PPE. Many thanks for your help and support Adiran.
On the same stand was KDO Software, where I met up Anna Howe who will be visiting Capital Traffic to show of the software for going paper less, “Thank You Anna”. Next I saw Steve Bennett of TLS Ltd who tried so hard to get me to stay the night, I see you all had a good night. The warmth of all the staff at TLS Ltd made me feel very welcome and all support the safety campaign. Steve and the Staff at TLS Ltd “Thank You”.
I had a chat with Matt Lambert of Highways industry.com, about the “Help Me Get Home” safety campaign and I am delighted that Highways industry.com are supporting the campaign. Thank You
But most of all if you have purchase a car sticker and promoting the safety campaign, “Thank You”
Traffic Management Labour suppliers are they a good thing or a nightmare waiting to happen?
At the moment the industry is very busy, mainly due to being mad March when all the local authorities need to spend their budget and an influx of money from the government due to the election being announced.
I saw an article on Facebook regarding an agency supplying the Traffic Management industry of traffic management operatives started in 2009, the question they asked was “how many labour suppliers are there now”? What a good question, You go on Facebook, Twitter and most other media outlets you will always find labour agencies trying to recruit carded or non-carded operatives.
Now I have nothing against labour supply companies and I will keep my opinion to myself, however this post is to start a debate on the good the bad and the ugly side of the supply agencies. Not to start slagging them off or complaining about certain companies, keep this a clean debate.
You only have to use their operatives as and when required, they tend to work on short notice.
Give me 5 minutes and I’ll call you back, 5 minutes turns into 20 and so on, that’s if they ring you back. In the meantime you try another supplier and guess what, I’ii call you back, 5 minutes. The operatives can sign for more than one supply agency. Then you have to chase for a copy of their cards and certificates, Most of the operatives who work for labour supply companies have to be self-employed, if that’s the case who’s insures them, I bet they are not covered by the labour supply company, how can they be insured by the company who hired them? Would you put someone on your insurance if you didn’t know them.
There seems to be a bit of confusion on who responsible for the self-employed agency worker
As an employer, you can hire temporary staff through agencies. This means:
you pay the agency, including the employee’s National Insurance contributions (NICs) and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
it’s the agency’s responsibility to make sure workers get their rights under working time regulations
you must make sure they can access your facilities (such as canteen and childcare facilities), and information on your job vacancies
after 12 weeks’ continuous employment in the same role, agency workers get the same terms and conditions as permanent employees, including pay, working time, rest periods, night work, breaks and annual leave
you must provide the agency with information about the relevant terms and conditions in your business so that they can ensure the worker gets equal treatment after 12 weeks in the same job
you must allow agency workers to use any shared facilities (eg a staff canteen or childcare) and give them information about job vacancies from the first day they work there
you are still responsible for their health and safety
Freelancers, consultants and contractors
If you hire a freelancer, consultant or contractor it means that:
they are self-employed or are part of other companies
they often look after their own tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs)
they might not be entitled to the same rights as workers, eg minimum wage
you’re still responsible for their health and safety
So if they are self-employed and paying their own contributions, surely they must have to have their own insurance.
If they are a sole trader or a Limited company working through the agency, they still pay their own contributions so surely they must have to have their own insurance or have I got this wrong?
How can you, as a company control the labour suppliers traffic management operatives working hours, have they double shifted? how many shifts have they carried out that week? After all they can work for one agency on days and another agency on nights, hows that safe. How many times do you get let down by the operatives not turning up on-site and then its you who has to face the customer.
Remember this is to help the TM operatives for their rights as well as the agencies. It’s only a poll.
At the end of 2013 there were 35.0 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain, of which 29.1 million were cars.
The total number of licensed vehicles has increased in every year since the end of the Second World War except 1991.
Between 1996 and 2007, the annual growth in licensed vehicles averaged 2.5 per cent a year, although from the mid-2000s it had already begun to slow somewhat. Following the recession of 2008-9 it slowed further, but did not stop, averaging 0.3 per cent a year between 2008 and 2011.
Between 2012 and 2013 the total vehicle stock increased by 1.5 per cent, the first substantial year-on-year increase since 2007.
So in 1991 there was a recession in vehicles on the road, also in 1991 the traffic count for Stop/Go operation was ;
Maximum two-way traffic flow
Coned area length (metres) Vehicles per 3 minutes
Up to 100 70
Up to 200 63
Up to 300 53
Up to 400 47
Up to 500 42
Yes it looks the same as it is in the new Safety at Street Works and Road Works 2014 October. That’s because it is
Coned area length (metres) Vehicles per 3 minutes
Up to 100 70
Up to 200 63
Up to 300 53
Up to 400 47
Up to 500 42
The question is, how many operatives carry out traffic counts for stop/go operation. Or is it just a case to get it installed because they are under pressure from their company or the client who waiting to carry out the works.
With this big increase in vehicles on the carriageway how can stop go be safe. If the traffic counts were recorded how many sites would be installed? How many operatives carry out traffic counts for Stop/Go
With the local authorities demanding more and more Stop/Go surely that’s going to lead to more operatives facing more, abuse and threats of violence.
Little did I know what sort of response I would receive regarding your safety campaign, Help Me Get Home.
I started a Facebook group which received a mixed response, might be due to other traffic management groups. The next step was opening a twitter account, which is dying a slow death. Next was a LinkedIn group which is taking off.
I was disappointed by Facebook as the safety campaign is for the operatives working on the carriageway. Feedback has been poor and not one mention of a safety issue, perhaps we have the safest operative on the carriageway in the world.
I had to think of another approach on how to get the campaign noticed and to gain more exposure.
So I made a basic website; www.helpmegethome.co.uk/ Next I had some car stickers made to replace the tax disc, but you can place them in any car window. Other things made are 1050 x 750 fixed frame signs and some 300 mm x 300 mm signs for training centre or office safety notice boards.
What I needed was for someone to help me get this out into the world of temporary traffic management. Someone who is as passionate about TM safety as me. I paid a visit to Birmingham, Up to Speed Training and Assessment Centre. Adrian had shown an interest in the safety campaign and thought it was a good idea to get safety from the carriageway operatives after all there are the ones in the front line.
So Adrian has agreed to help run the safety campaign and we are delighted he has joined us. So the admin team are as follows, Gary Knight, Rob Tyson and Adrian Pulham.
Now we can work as a team and deliver your safety campaign.
Remember Help Me Get Home will only work with your input.