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Appropriate signage could have prevented crash

13th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

A lack of safety signage was the cause of a motorcycle accident at a road closure site, it was ruled on November 7th.

The firm, Carillion AM Government, was fined £180,000 for “serious safety failings”, and ordered to pay £28,551 in costs.

They were found to have breached Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was responsible for placing safety signs on the road warning of a road closure and directing traffic down a diversion route.

The signs were supposed to be placed at “intervals of around 800, 400 and 200 metres in advance of the closure”, according to the Health and Safety Executive. There was also supposed to be an alert erected one kilometre before the closure.

However, Carillion had placed their first warning sign only 175 metres away from the closure, on a 50mph stretch of road. The HSE said that this “left little space for traffic to slow down and avoid crashing”.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801659972-ADNFCR


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