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Road workers are subjected to hazards whenever they set foot on the strategic road network. Continuous innovation has been required and a number of companies have invested in ways of reducing risk and protecting their workforce.

The video in this feature highlights just one type of major risk to roadworkers by members of the public:

Over the last 12 months, Carnell have been one of the aforementioned companies striving for and investing in innovation alongside Kier, to develop a solution that significantly enhances the safety of roadworkers.

Enter SAFETYcam: a vehicle that is able to act as not only a visual deterrent but also as an enforcing device to detect unauthorised incursions within Roadworks.

SAFETYcam is a mobile road worker protection system that combines image, video and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology with state of the art processing and reporting techniques. It aims to improve the safety of road workers by improving driver behaviour in and around work sites.

“This SAFETYcam camera system, will ultimately save lives.”

SAFETYcam utilises two camera systems – one to monitor and report on the speeds of passing site traffic and one to record beginning to end submissible footage of unauthorised vehicle incursions into road works. As well as hosting both specialist camera systems and on-board Wi-Fi capability.

During a trial, SAFETYcam showed a significant change in driver behaviour. Over 842 separate working shifts across 25 different schemes, SAFETYcam saw the following:-

Incursions: Due to SAFETYcam being a conspicuous visual deterrent, only 3 unauthorised incursions were recorded where drivers have been seeking to gain an advantage.

Site Speeding: Data shows clear evidence of a change in behaviour of those caught exceeding the site speed limit; especially pleasing is the 67% improvement in repeat offender driver behaviour.

Site Speeding: Results showed a 50% month on month reduction in drivers registered at speeds in excess of 10mph.

Lessons learned in Area 9’s Innovation Designated Fund (IDF) have played a significant part in developing the better processes in place with the various Police forces.

Carnell have a fleet of vehicles deployed across the country, which capture unequivocal evidence of dangerous driving through road works. Police forces have been able to use this footage to issue 43 notices of intended prosecution for incursions into traffic management in September alone.

Following a win for Carnell & Kier at the HE HSW Awards for SAFETYcam, Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England simply and boldly stated:

“This SAFETYcam camera system, will ultimately save lives.”

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