Advances in road construction safety in Victoria since 2004: the VicRoads experience

This paper provides an overview of best practices developed for road construction safety in Victoria since 2004. VicRoads combined safety management practices with traffic management systems during the development of the Worksite Safety - Traffic Management Code of Practice released in late 2004. The resulting hazard identification and control process and hierarchy of safety controls has now been in place for nearly 4 years. The hierarchy of safety controls for road construction first implemented by VicRoads has now been mandated under Victoria's OHS Construction Regulations which came into full affect in July this year. All road construction on or adjacent to operational roads has been classified as high risk construction work. Seventeen other activities traditionally identified as hazardous in road construction have also been classified as high risk work. To eliminate or significantly reduce the likelihood of serious injury 'best practice' approaches, following appropriate hierarchy of controls for the specific activity, have been identified for traffic protection, working near underground services, dust suppression water sourcing, bridgeworks and speed reinforcement. Challenges are still presented for plant operation, speed control, truck protection, working near overhead services and for less reliance on behavioural controls in our industry. This paper will provide an overview of the practices which have emerged over this period of time and the practical challenges which still remain.


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  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Thirteenth Australasian Flexible Pavements Industry Conference on Health, Safety & Environment, 11-12 August 2008, Melbourne

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  • Accession Number: 01385942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 7:24PM