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CIOB partner CLOCS explains what construction managers can
do to protect the community from collisions with HGVs servicing their
Four times more people die in collisions involving HGVs than
die as a result of incidents on site.
Every working day, at least two people are killed or
seriously injured in collisions involving HGVs and pedestrians, cyclists and
motorcyclists. Every year 117 of those people die as a result of their
injuries. Many of those vehicles are
servicing construction sites.
Construction managers have a keen focus on their accident
frequency rate (AFR) and are undoubtedly aware of the 30 fatal injuries to
workers in 2018/19, but how many know about collisions causing death or serious
injury to vulnerable road users on journeys to and from their construction
Here’s what you can do to prevent these deaths:
1. Implement a corporate strategy – to ensure the safest
2. Plan for road safety
3. Procure for safe projects:
- Construction Logistics Plans
- Safe routing
- Delivery management
- Site conditions
- Vehicle choice and driver training.
The CLOCS Standard
Developed collaboratively by the fleet and construction
sectors, the CLOCS (Construction Logistics & Community Safety) Standard
aims to ensure the safest vehicle journeys. It provides construction managers
with a clear set of duties and provides a consistent framework for all the
stakeholders in a construction project, supported by clear guidance for
regulators, clients, consultants, principal contractors and the supply chain.
Construction logistics planning, mobilising your supply
chain, effective delivery management, efficient and safe site access/egress are
all within a construction manager’s control, as are the onsite ground
conditions which are a key factor in determining which category of HGV will be
sent to site. Procuring suppliers that only operate vehicles with optimum
safety features can prevent death and serious injury to pedestrians, cyclists
Construction Logistics Plan
The Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) is the golden thread
that runs through the CLOCS Standard. It’s a tool that can be deployed by all
stakeholders to plan, monitor and review site operations to ensure optimum
efficiencies as well as to eliminate risk to local communities.
Training for Construction Logistics Planning has been
developed and is delivered in partnership with CIOB. CLOCS is currently
reshaping Day 1 (CLP Foundation), providing a virtual classroom to enable more
people to begin their CLP journeys during the covid-19 lockdown. More information
will be available on the CLOCS and CIOB websites before the end of May.
Consider the devastating consequences of not acting now.
Think about the casualties and their families, the emotional impact on drivers
and witnesses, the financial implications for those involved and their
companies and damage to reputation. Construction managers are in a strong
position to lead change – sign up to become a CLOCS Champion today.