Road squads at risk



Scotland’s civil engineering contractors are backing a campaign to prevent road workers being put at risk by angry drivers.

The drive has been launched by the country’s three trunk road operating companies who say 80% of their employees have reported being under threat from dangerous driving or subjected to physical and verbal abuse.

CECA Scotland is backing the campaign by Scotland TranServ, BEAR Scotland and AMEY to highlight the abuse of workers carrying out essential road maintenance.

Grahame Barn, CECA Scotland’s chief executive, said: “No employee should be subjected to abuse, threats or intimidation at work yet the results of this survey show that for road workers across Scotland this is a daily reality.”

Andy Fraser of Scotland TranServ added: “More than two-thirds of our employees work on the trunk roads in the south west of Scotland every day. Their accounts of dangerous driving and the missiles thrown at them are chilling. Our operatives are real people, with real families; families who want their partners and parents to come home safely at the end of the working day.”


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Article posted 8/6/2018