The plan was to buy a new van or truck before the end of the financial year,
but two things happened to make me reconsider. There was not a lot
on offer locally, and I was informed by someone in the trade that many people
were holding onto their vans and not exchanging them.
The old van is very reliable and is a lot better than it looks, and that was the
main issue, were we losing work because of the old truck. Well new work
has come flooding in this winter and we now have about all we can manage for
the coming year, - unless I expand, but this would mean buying another van/truck.
Sometimes it is enough to be good at your job, without all the expensive
shiny transport paraphernalia.
Yes, I would never do such a thing, neither would I place
a 90 litre tub on the road with a high viz jacket drapped over
it as a spare. Or have an employee standing there with a huge
metal rake leaning out into the road, growling at all the speeding
Neither would I have a hole 6 ft by 3 ft by 6ft deep, dug nearby ready
to hide the evidence.
I always laugh at the crazyness of the safety road signs set up, what moron
invented these figures, lol . As if I need to be warned a mile down the road
that someone is cutting a hedge, and usually it will be in the hands of the gods
that I get that far after dodging the signs jutting out into the road on blind corners.
I think we should have warning signs informing us that there are warning signs down
The laughable thing about it all, is that the road works are usually on a straight bit
of road that can be seen nearly a mile away, and if you can't then you shouldn't be
driving, and if it is foggy then you should be driving slow enough to stop.
Have we all lost our ability to survive without the dead brained imput of big brother.
You are right of course, but I feel sad that generations have now been brainwashed into this way of thinking and acting out of necessity. When I started out, your 'Health and Safety'/ Risk Assessment was called common sense. Unfortunately many have none, hence where we are today. Personally I think somewhere in the middle is where we should be.
In this case, a few cones strategically placed should be a warning to go easy and take care - if some idiot ignores them then that should be down to him, not the guy trying to be safety conscious
What you are doing is (in the eyes of the law) taking control of a public highway by putting cones out on the road. As I said above, that act requires it to be done properly and legally with the correct sized cones for the speed limit of the road, spaced properly and accompanied with the correct warning signs and that counts for ALL roads approaching the hazard area, not just the side of the road you are working on. If you have a coned off area on a public highway, are not licenced to do it, and there is a RTA, you will be slaughtered in court and your PL insurance wont cover you. Think carefully before coning off a public highway.
Should have expland properly it is a private line on way to a farm and they are placed on the customers verge to alert drivers that i am working
I think health and safety has gone crazy. What would mean a 2 hour job would turn in to £2000 by the time you have hired in a road contractor to sign and traffic light a county lane. For example how many of us employ a contractor to cone off and prevent people walking down a foot path if you are removing an over hanging branch. I tend not to touch trees but use this as an example.
i will be continuing to use my cones as a saftey measure, how many people will be driving towards my cones and saying look that bloke has got his cones set out wrong and hees got the wrong size ones for the speed limit, what kind of idiot makes up these health and saftey rules, we put cones out to warn people are working and there may be a hazard, not for someone to come along and give you greath about not having a certificate in setting out cones
Austin, just a self check. Do you hold the appropriate roads and streets tickets ? Current highway legislation requires anyone taking control of a section of public highways requires to be in posession of a roads control ticket. Not sure what the exact cert. is but if you place cones out they must be set out correctly, be accompanied by the appropriate warning signs and the person taking control of that section of highway must be a trained and ticketed competent person. You will get in serious bother if you take control of a section of public highway without the proper tickets in place. Plus your insurance company will have lots to say about it. You cant just go placing cones out on public highways.
Austin Powell-Allen said:
I agree on work wear although there is a time and place for a high viz, as i have few client in the sticks and i always wear a high vis when cutting the road side of there hedge as well as placing cones in the road its better to be safe than sorry the speed people drive down country lanes. I am sure many insurance policies state this as a must. thats why all council staff waer them. When i carry out appointments I always dress in name T shirt and smart trousers as first impression is everything.
lol. Although this made me laugh, it is sadly true. This is a well raised point about the cones and something Im sure people aren't aware of. Sometimes we all need these little reminders.
I hate to think what it costs to be relevantly qualified!
John www.acegardenservices.co.uk said:
Definitely a case of.... hanged if you do, run over if you don't.
in that case today i came across a broken down wagon on a roundabout the breakdown truck had arrived and coned off one lane behind the wagon but without signs seems sensible to me but it must be illegal, not to mention the people who put chairs etc at the side of the road to preserve a parking spot ?