The Code of Practice for Safety at Streetworks and Road Works came into full effect on 1st February 2002. Failure to comply with the Code of Practice makes it a criminal offence. Whilst the Code of Practice is issued under the Provisions of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991, it advises the Street/Highway/Roads Authority to follow its advice in regards to their own works.

One of the main changes to effect the code of practice was the introduction of the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1992 (revised 1998). This Regulation imposes an absolute duty on the employer to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to health and safety.

This is what streetworkers installing telecom cabling have left behind for the weekend at the side of a very busy road/area.

"You will probably think the area has been vandalised, but I can promise the workmen actually did all the damage seen". quoted the contributor

Holes in the ground

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Bus shelter left in walkway and by road.

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Other street furniture

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Live electrical point.

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