Safety of roadside recovery workers

This week the safety of roadside recovery workers was highlighted in Parliament with the launch of the Professional Recovery Operators Federation (PROF).

The organisation, aimed at giving the recovery industry a presence in Westminster, follows on from the success of the Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue and Recovery.

This campaign raises awareness of safety issues in the recovery industry and the new body, PROF, hopes to ‘provide a forum through which the industry can effect positive change.’

At the end of last year, I met with representatives from the Dartford-based company Dynes, which operates operates a roadside rescue and recovery business from the town. The business is part of the Campaign for Safer Roadside Rescue Recovery – set up following the death of one of its employees who was tragically killed when he was carrying out a roadside recovery on the M25 in September last year.

It is estimated that nationally one road side recovery worker is killed every two months.

As well as raising awareness of the dangers posed to recovery operators, the campaign calls for workers to be able to display prominent red lights when they are attending accidents and breakdowns rather than the amber light they are currently able to use.

Roadside recovery is essential for motorists and making it safer for those who do this work is very important.

The people who carry out this work are placed at significant risk when recovering vehicles at the roadside, particularly on motorways. If a red light would help make it clearer that a recovery is taking place, I would support this small change which could dramatically reduce the chances of death or serious injury.

No one should have to work in unsafe conditions. One death on the roads is one too many and I hope this forum will be able to make changes so that work is safer for those people in the rescue and recovery business.