Contractors are being urged to do more on road safety by Build UK in a bid to reduce the number of incidents involving construction vehicles and road users.
Two-fifths of cyclist fatalities in London between 2011 and 2014 involved construction HGVs, according to the organisation.
Build UK, which was created last year following the merger of UKCG and NSCC, has launched a new campaign called ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ to improve the construction industry’s record on road safety.
The campaign will see Build UK commit to supporting Transport for London’s Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme as the industry standard for road safety performance.
It sets out steps Build UK members can take to increase the safety of other road users when setting up construction sites and organising site deliveries.
Announcing the organisation’s support in front of almost 200 senior industry figures at a CLOCS conference in London today, Build UK chief executive Suzannah Nichol will say: “Our members are committed to improving safety across all aspects of their business and, by following the agreed CLOCS standards when delivering to sites, they can help to play their part in making our roads safer.
“I am delighted that some of our members have already endorsed CLOCS and we are confident that more will be keen to get involved now we have set out the steps required to make construction vehicles safer.”
London’s transport commissioner Mike Brown says: “Build UK’s drive to implement CLOCS’ safety principles throughout their nationwide membership cements the scheme’s place as the national road safety standard for construction logistics.
“In just three years, CLOCS has made great strides in improving safety for vulnerable road users across the country.
“CLOCS has ensured that road safety is treated with the same importance as site safety and the key safety principles of the programme are now being implemented on more than 3,000 sites across the country.”