Employers are responsible for the safety of employees who work on or alongside the road.
As an employer, you are responsible for providing your employees with proper safety training and resources so roadside workers can keep themselves and others safe.
Employers have obligations to ensure the health and safety of employees at every workplace. Those obligations are the same whether your employees are driving a vehicle owned or leased by your company or one they own themselves.
Every B.C. employer must ensure the health and safety of all workers in the employer’s workplace. B.C. employers are required to establish and maintain a health and safety program that addresses driver, trip, load, and vehicle risk factors.
Resources for road safety at work:
OHS Responsibilities and Industry Supported Safe Work Practices for the Towing and Recovery Industry
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Hundreds of roadside work zones are set up across B.C. every summer, and every day, tens of thousands of British Columbians work on and beside our roadways: first responders, tow truck operators, landscapers, flag people, road-maintenance crews and more.
Roadside work can be dangerous. Thousands of drivers travel through these “Cone Zones”, which places roadside workers at risk. Between 2010 and 2019, 13 roadside workers were killed and 204 were injured and lost time from work as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle.
The Work Zone Safety Alliance launches the annual Cone Zone campaign to raise awareness of the risk workers face of being struck by a vehicle at roadside work zones. The campaign reminds employers, workers and drivers to play their part to prevent deaths and injuries to roadside workers in B.C.
Each of us has the ability to take action to help ensure all workers return home safe to their families. The following videos were produced in support of this important initiative:
“My Daddy Works Here”
A video produced for the Cone Zone campaign
“Slow Down, Move Over”
A video produced by the Automotive Retailers Association