Demands for construction HGVs to be fitted with more protection for cyclists gained momentum this week as more major clients joined the cause.
The moves come as another cyclist was reported to be in a critical condition in hospital after being run over by a tipper lorry in central London this week.
According to reports, a man in his early twenties was riding a “Boris Bike” from Transport for London London’s cycle hire scheme was run over by the tipper lorry on Grays Inn Road.
NCE magazine last week declared its support for the See Me Save Me campaign that is seeking to make the construction industry more accountable for accidents involving cyclists.
Clients already responding to the campaign include Transport for London and Crossrail, which are insisting that all HGVs delivering to their sites have cycle safety equipment fitted. Vehicles found to have faulty or missing mirrors or cycle detection sensors are turned away.
This week Heathrow Developments’ head of health & safety David Pyle contacted NCE to say “yes absolutely we would like to support this campaign”. Pyle added that Heathrow already has systems in place to police the use of cycle safety equipment on construction vehicles.
“All HGVs of our Terminal 2 project have to book into a system of delivery control when they arrive at the airport. This system can be used to check that all HGVs of our tier one contractors and their subcontractors meet the required standard for cycle safety,” Pyle said.
Thames Water has confirmed that it has now mandated cycle safety standards across the whole of its £1bn per annum capital works delivery programme.
Thames Water asset director Lawrence Gosden said this programme involves HGV deliveries to thousands of sites at any one time. “We have followed Crossrail’s lead and can confirm that all contractors carrying out our capital works programme are compliant with the Crossrail standard.
“The area we have got to keep working on is with our contractors’ second and third tier suppliers and one-off deliveries.
“The total supply base across London alone is huge, so what we are calling for is higher standards of HGV manufacture.”
Graduate civil engineer Kate Cairns set up the See Me Save Me campaign after her sister Eilidh was killed by a tipper lorry in Notting Hill Gate in west London.
Cairns wants the extension of reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurences regulations 1995 (Riddor) to include road collisions.
The campaign is also asking for off-site safety to be included in the Construction Phase Plan of the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations. It wants all construction HGVs to be fitted with side guards and cyclist and pedestrian detection equipment.
Cairns also wants drivers to be given best available training in cycle and pedestrian awareness, higher standards of driver competence and behaviour, and legislation banning lorries that fail to comply with agreed standards.
“Cycle safety will be improved if vehicle manufacturers include these features in vehicles as standard and we would certainly support extension of Riddor and CDM,” said Gosden.
“This could be the catalyst. There is no doubt that Riddor statistics help to drive safety at a strategic level.”