Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Workers under Attack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Workers under Attack

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Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON

SOME 80% of road workers have been verbally or physically abused by motorists, according to a survey for National Motorway Month by the RAC Foundation.

And 40% are abused on either a daily or weekly basis.

The survey found that 80% of "near-misses" recorded at roadworks in the last 12 months were due to poor driver behaviour.

Despite motorway and trunk road maintenance being a vital service for road users, the survey of road workers employed by Amey and BEAR Scotland, reported that 81 % of them were frequently abused by motorists, either physically or verbally. A third of this abuse was reported as involving acts of extreme aggression, including food, bottles and other missiles being hurled from passing vehicles, and some workers said they had even been shot at with air rifles.

To tackle the serious issues of road worker safety and abuse, motorway operating companies Amey and BEAR Scotland are joining forces with the RAC Foundation during August, which is National Motorway Month. …

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