Construction Trucks and Community Safety

We’ve developed new materials to help protect vulnerable road users when they’re travelling near worksites and around construction trucks. 

In partnership with state government departments, non-government organisations and industry, the Construction Truck and Community Safety Project provides new tools and ways of working to improve safety for pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists. 

This page has been created to share the resources we’ve developed over the past three years to help state and local government, developers and utilities better manage their construction projects and the construction industry improve delivery, with more consideration for vulnerable road users.

Watch the video below to learn about the measures Metro Tunnel has implemented to protect pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists.

 

To help improve safety, we’ve developed the following specialist equipment recommendations for construction trucks used at construction sites:

  • Trucks should have side under-run protection
  • The truck’s front, rear and side blind-spots should be eliminated or minimised through the use of visual aids, sensors and audible or visual alerts
  • Trucks should be fitted with audible indicators to alert other road users when they’re turning left
  • Trucks should display prominent signage warning people of the dangers of travelling too close to trucks 
  • Trucks should protect the air quality of vulnerable road users by achieving Euro 5 or above.

Construction truck subcontractors can support truck driver awareness and knowledge by offering training and continuous professional development around on-road hazards and driving safely near vulnerable road users. 

This training should include a mix of theoretical, practical and on-the-job training.

 
  • Resources
  • Metro Rail Projects overview (External link)

Provide for the safe and secure movement of vulnerable road users around work sites by implementing high quality traffic management plans, that follow all standards required.

 

You may consider including the following clauses in your construction contracts to protect vulnerable road users when they’re travelling near worksites and around construction trucks.  

Truck Standards

  • Model contract clause


Safe Vehicles- Specialist VRU Equipment

Ensure heavy vehicles used in the carrying out of contract activities:

  1. have side under-run protection;
  2. have front, rear and side blind-spots eliminated or minimised through the use of direct and indirect vision aids, sensors and audible or visual driver alerts;
  3. have audible means of warning other road users of a left-turn manoeuvre; and
  4. have prominent signage on the vehicle warning cyclists and other road users of the dangers of manoeuvring past the inside of the vehicle or getting too close to the vehicle.
  5. protect the air quality of vulnerable road users by achieving Euro 5 or above.

 

Driving Training

  • Model contract clause


Safe People - Training

Heavy vehicle drivers working on the Major Construction undertake training and continuous professional development covering the safety of VRU and on-road hazard awareness. The training is to include a mix of theoretical, practical and on the job training.

 

     

    Traffic Management Planning and vulnerable road users guideline

    • Model contract clause


    Safe Traffic Management - Improve Standards to Accommodate Vulnerable Road Users

    Ensure the highest standard of traffic management planning that follows all standards required, to provide for safe and secure movement of vulnerable road users around every work site.

     

    Route Selection

    • Model contract clause

    Route Selection

    Project Coordinators and subcontractors undertake route selection workshops using the HERA tool in order to investigate the impact of different routes on active transport users and examine community impacts. Avoid routes that go through areas of high active transport use where possible.

     

     

     

     

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