Safety at Roadworks

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 1 April 2019

Safety at Roadworks

Orange cone safety zone week

 “A line of cones won’t stop a speeding car but you can ” 


Every year there are hundreds of incursions into road works which put road workers lives at risk and lead to deaths and serious injury, this has spurred local authorities from around Ireland to join forces to take action.


A campaign (Orange cone safety zone week) which has its focus on the lack of awareness of some drivers that Roadworks are a place of work for thousands of people and that all of us have a right to expect a safe working environment is being launched by local authority road safety officers from around the country on April 1st 2019.

The launch date of April 1st (Aprils fool’s day), was felt to be a very fitting day as only a fool speeds through road works sites.


 “For some reason a small minority of drivers still find it acceptable to put road workers lives in danger by not taking care when they go through road works. We are reminding drivers that road works are like any other work place, and road workers have just as much right to work in a safe environment. The message is clear “A line of cones won’t stop a speeding car but you can -see the cones obey the zones.”


 “Improving safety at Roadworks takes real collaboration across the roads industry, and Westmeath County Council is delighted to support this campaign. We are encouraging all service providers and road users to join this campaign to ensure that nobody comes to harm as a result of working for us and that everyone makes it home.”


Advice for Drivers

If you drive a vehicle, at some point you’ll drive through Roadworks. Follow these safety tips:

  • Adhere the speed limit on display.
  • Follow the temporary road signage in place.
  • Stay alert for the road workers and machinery.
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.





The following are key elements of temporary traffic control management in road works:


All persons working on roads should be trained on how to work safely near public traffic namely by completing the Health and Safety at Roadworks on Roads (1 Day) and/or Signing, Lighting & Guarding (3 day) course.



All workers should always wear high-visibility clothing during Roadworks.



Suitable traffic management must be in place to safeguard workers and members of the public.



Must be clearly marked and must be protected with buffer or safety zones.


Colm Smith Road Safety Officer Westmeath County Council.




Links to videos below may also assist in raising awareness.