‘Reckless’ drivers put workers at risk

Inspector Phillip Shaw of South Yorkshire Police with Chris Morris, Operations Director at Amey and Coun Jack Scott. There has been concern about drivers' behaviour around Streets Ahead roadworks
Inspector Phillip Shaw of South Yorkshire Police with Chris Morris, Operations Director at Amey and Coun Jack Scott. There has been concern about drivers' behaviour around Streets Ahead roadworks
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‘Reckless’ motorists are being warned about their driving after a series of near-misses during Streets Ahead roadworks in Sheffield.

A campaign has been launched by police, contractor Amey and Sheffield Council urging drivers to take more care during the £2 billion resurfacing project.

Andrew Ward, team supervisor Amey’s sub-contractor Aggregate Industries, told of one close call – and said staff feel lucky there has not been a serious injury.

He said: “I was working in Grimesthorpe when a driver came straight through into the coned-off area. One of my team tried to stop him but he just carried on and clipped him on the leg.

“Although he wasn’t badly hurt, it was too close for comfort and could easily have been a different story.

“We have a lot of big machinery on site but I have still seen a driver heading straight towards a roller.”

Mr Ward added: “We are lucky that we haven’t had a serious injury in Sheffield.”

In other incidents, a driver drove into a coned off area in Wybourn because he did not want to use the diversion.

When he was told the road was closed for re-surfacing he threatened the crew saying he would ‘be back later to sort you out’.

In Mosborough a traffic manager was putting signs out on the road when he was verbally abused.

In Burngreave, four men surrounded a work vehicle threatening and racially abusing the crew inside telling them not to get out of the vehicle, and in Parson Cross a worker was hit on the leg by a driver in a coned-off area.

Chris Morris, Amey account director told The Star: “We’ve seen a spate of incidents in which employees and sub-contractors have been put at unacceptable risk.”