With the days getting shorter, we’re all using the roads in the hours of darkness. Extra vigilance is therefore in order, regardless of your mode of transport. While driving, be aware that other road users may be harder to see at night, and make sure to leave at least 1.5 metres of clearance when overtaking cyclists. While cycling or walking, make sure you are visible to drivers.
Road accidents are unfortunately all too frequent. Since the start of 2022, 23 road accidents and a further 53 near misses have occurred on the CERN sites.
In addition to respecting the speed limits, road signs and applicable rules, here are a few tips to help us all stay safe on the roads this winter:
- Wear a helmet at all times when using a two-wheeled vehicle;
- Wear high-visibility jackets and reflectors;
- Be mindful of all other road users, especially at dusk when visibility is at its worst;
- Take special care when roads get slippery due to leaves, rain, snow or ice.
If you are involved in or witness an accident or near miss on the site, you must complete an incident declaration form. These are then used by the HSE unit and departmental safety offices to compile statistics and analyse the problems so that they can take measures to enhance safety. By reporting a near miss, you are helping to prevent similar incidents and, therefore, to reduce the accident toll.
Be vigilant. Be visible. Be safe.