New Road Worker Safety Regulations Announced

May 15, 2014

Today the Province announced new and better protections for highway construction workers, including stiffer fines for drivers who speed in a construction zone and the elimination of confusing signage that instructed drivers to slow down “when workers are present”.

Beginning Friday, May 16, traffic authorities and contractors working on their behalf must use special signs to identify designated construction zones when the work is taking place over a period of more than four hours on a paved roadway where the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or more. Further regulations addressing additional safety measures will be enacted at a later date.

Removing the need for drivers to determine whether workers are present in order to know what the speed limit is will make things safer for workers and drivers alike. The MFL has pressed for rules where the signage would evolve as the conditions evolve, so that when workers are present speed limits are reduced, and return to the regular limits when workers aren’t present, if the road conditions permit.

The legislation that enabled these changes was passed in December of 2013 after Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) President Kevin Rebeck issued an open letter calling for better safety rules.

Read the entire MFL presentation on road worker safety here.