Last month it was reported that a pedestrian was killed after being hit by a HGV in Westminster, further highlighting the importance of road safety for construction vehicles.
Reports from ITV and CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) confirmed that an elderly woman was killed by the lorry on Wigmore Street on 27th April. Though little is known about the vehicle, the incident reminds us all that heavy goods vehicles are a potential danger to pedestrians and cyclists and that precautions must be taken to ensure they are operated in as safe a manner as possible.
CLOCS aims to promote vehicle safety in the construction logistics industry and reduce work-related road risks. By becoming CLOCS compliant, construction teams can work together to ensure the safety of all construction vehicles and those who share the roads with them – particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Another scheme aimed at promoting road safety is FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme). This voluntary accreditation scheme encompasses safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations. It is open to operators of vans, lorries, mini-buses, coaches and other vehicles.
FORS and CLOCS compliance is a City of London requirement, so if you operate within London this should be a priority for your construction project.