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OH&S.. But only for us [Not for Road Workers as we zoom by]

By paperboy 19 November 2005 7

What is it about Occupational Health and Safety that some drivers don’t seem to understand.

If some maniac was to come storming into our office with a powered-up chainsaw, we’d be rushing off to our manager or Human Resources Officer to complain.

And yet every day, hundreds of Canberra drivers speed through the 40 kph speed zones which have been put in place to improve the safety of road crews.

Surely they are also entitled to a safe workplace

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Bodhichitta 10:16 am 22 Nov 05

Why should we slow down, when even the police dont bother? Ive been behind police in these work zones on a few occaisons and have not yet seen them slow to the posted speed…in fact once (when William Hovel Drive was being upgraded) I saw 3 police on motorbikes doing about 80 through the 40 zone…no lights or sirens…

Maelinar 8:00 am 21 Nov 05

While you have a point paperboy, in that the traffic regulations state 40kmph, I’m sure that everybody here has driven through works where the limit is 40, there’s nobody to be seen in the same postcode, and it seems rather pointless to be going about the same speed that pregnant women drive their prams through the middle of busy supermarket aisles.

A few too many of them, and the speed limit becomes a little more than a bore, and then when you finally do see roadworkers, unfortunately the habit has kicked in…

Growling Ferret 10:37 pm 20 Nov 05

A single copper, his motorbike, and a radar gun were checking speeds at the Flemington Road roadwards last Friday. Its the first time since the works started that people were doing 40 kmh…

By the way, I found out the work is a bus lane? Betcha its not even finished for SummerNats…

DVD 10:28 pm 19 Nov 05

There’s only one way to give the road workers a safe workplace, close the whole road they are working on and stop any Canberra drivers coming anywhere near them. Confusion reigns supreme on roads in the ACT at the best of times, a few orange cones and flashing lights and it all gets too much for some drivers, and the solution – floor it out of there and hope for the best.

Closing the road would also allow the road workers to work un-hindered on whatever they are doing and hopefully complete the job in less time, but i’m sure there would be plenty of pubes willing to complain about a 5 minute detour.

yakz 10:11 pm 19 Nov 05

then they would complain about the scratches from the chainsawas as well as the dents in their cars

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 7:51 pm 19 Nov 05

What if the roadworkers are wielding chainsaws?

yakz 6:05 pm 19 Nov 05

100% agree on that, the speeders would probably complain of the dents in their cars if they hit someone

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