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Code of Practice - Safety at Street Works and Road Works. (February 2002)


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0013 Safety Code of Practice - Footways

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

If a footway is closed by works and there is no space to create a protected walkway in the carriageway and hence pedestrians are advised by a sign to "use the opposite footway"-a common sight in unclassified residential and other streets, is it a requirement to provide pedestrian ramps (one on each side of the road) to allow wheelchairs etc. to cross to the other footway. This question assumes that there are no suitable existing dropped kerb crossing points where pedestrians could be advised/signed to cross. If yes how do you sign these ramps? If no how does a wheelchair/self propelled wheelchair user proceed along his/her intended route?

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0012 Safety Code of Practice - Errors

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

Since the new Code was first distributed various errors have been identified. Is it intended to re-print in the near future incorporating the changes?

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0011 Safety Code of Practice - Errors

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

Could you tell me why the Give and take system is still using a distance (D) of 23-46 as a 30mph (D) is 20-45?

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0010 Safety Code of Practice - Equipment

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

On page 15 under High Visibility Clothing "Jackets with sleeves............ must be worn".
Are sleeves to the elbow acceptable or must the sleeves extend to the wrist?

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0009 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

Could you tell me the most recent legislation (regulations, codes of practice) a telco or energy utility would need to comply with in Wales, published say in the last 12 months.

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0008 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

I am part of a local authority team managing a street lighting contractor. Since the publication of 'Safety at Street Works and Road Works', a point of contention has arisen between ourselves and the contractor on one point.
We have an urban dual carriageway, with a 40mph speed limit, which has street lights on the central reservation. In order to maintain the lighting the contractor needs to park his vehicle in the outside lane. Our contention is that, in order to do so, he should sign and cone out his works as shown on Page 40 of the Code of Practice. He replies that as the works are mobile in nature with no excavation, and the national speed limit does not apply, he may use the 'mobile works' rules on Page 66 of the Code.
The dual carriageway is for the most part straight with good visibility on the approach, although large or parked vehicles may impede forward visibility from time to time and several light-controlled junctions are in the section. Is our contractor's premise correct?

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0007 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

In Wales will the use of bilingual signing be a statutory requirement from the 1st February 2002?

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0006 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

Is there any reason for the removal of the statement made in the old CoP - Size and Siting Distance – that "On roads with speed limits of 50mph or more all advance signs should have plates giving the distance to the works in yards or miles"

 

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0005 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

Will consideration be given for a supplement to the 'Red Book' for bi-lingual road signs (actual wording) ? Many Contractors work in Wales but are based in England and do not have the wording right in some places on their signs.

 

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0004 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

I am currently undertaking my final year in Civil Engineering. My project is on "Damage to underground services (gas, water, manholes, concrete pipes etc.) due to impact loading from heavy traffic".


I would appreciate if you could forward me any information on this topic such as your solutions to this problem or any info on the specifications you would use in the laying of services in order to minimise any damage. I would also be grateful if you could forward me any statistics on the numbers of underground services that are damaged due to traffic loading or indeed due to machinary during roadworks in the U.K.

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0003 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

I am currently undertaking my final year in Civil Engineering. My project is on "Damage to underground services (gas, water, manholes, concrete pipes etc.) due to impact loading from heavy traffic". I would appreciate if you could forward me any information on this topic such as your solutions to this problem or any info on the specifications you would use in the laying of services in order to minimise any damage. I would also be grateful if you could forward me any statistics on the numbers of underground services that are damaged due to traffic loading or indeed due to machinary during roadworks in the U.K.

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0002 Safety Code of Practice - Definitions

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

There are limits as to what the Street Authorities, Streetworks/Highways Inspector can do to enforce the new code of practice. At present all they can do is issue a defect notice or advise those on site to improve, but what powers to actually close the site due to inadequate signing? I have passed several sites recently in the Valleys, Cardiff, Newport, etc. where the signing is far from adequate and in places constitutes a criminal offence. Highways works should set an example for others to follow, but this would seem far from reality of the practices employed by some. Greater powers for these inspectors who chase problems rather than enforcement the Legal requirements of the Streetworks and Highways Acts. One contractor told me that the 'bonus' does not include the signing of a site. Will there be greater powers for these Inspectors? 

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0001 Safety Code of Practice - Barriers

Date Submitted: Thursday 19 September, 2002

Question:

On page 31 the pedestrian barriers are shown red and white on the carriageway side. Since all other diagrams clearly show the use of single sided barriers I assume that these barriers are plain white on the pedestrian side. Since they are provided to create a walkway for pedestrians the top rail should be of contrasting colours on the inside of the walkway and the barrier is therefore shown the wrong way round. If the works area and walkway are removed, signing etc. for the vehicular traffic will continue to be provided correctly by means of the cones. Please confirm what barriers arrangements should be provided?

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