The CLOCS standard - not just
for London-based sites
Cyclist deaths in London have raised the issue of safety beyond the site gate. Now a
new group is developing standards and toolkits to help logistics managers reduce the
risk of injury – or worse – to vulnerable road users.
Most people reading this article will
be working for companies who care
about their safety. If they didn’t,
it’s unlikely that they would be
signed up to, or interested in, the
Considerate Constructors scheme.
But what you may not have
thought about is safety beyond the
site gate. Contractors think hard
about how their work could impact
on neighbours and passersby,
but what about the pedestrians
and cyclists put at risk by delivery
vehicles and construction plant?
This hazard has been brought to
the industry’s attention because of
what’s been going on in London.
Between 2010 and 2013, 54 cyclists
were killed in London, 30 of those
by HGVs. And of those HGVs, a
disproportionate number were
construction vehicles, according to
Transport for London (TfL).
London is a unique case. There are
a huge number of construction
vehicles and a huge number of
cyclists, not all of them responsible
drivers themselves. But cyclists die
outside London too: 109 of them
in 2013 with over 3,000 seriously
After TfL commissioned a report
into why construction vehicles
caused so many cyclist deaths and
accidents, developers, construction
companies, operators, vehicle
manufacturers and regulatory
bodies got together to form
Construction Logistics and Cyclist
Safety (CLOCS) in 2013. Among
its ranks are Dragados, Laing
O’Rourke, Skanska and Vinci.
Since then CLOCS has created a
standard for construction logistics
and a toolkit for managing and
reporting collisions. Even if your
site isn’t in London, it’s worth
taking a look.
For more more information,
WhyMalmaison’smarketers are 20 years behind
Writer Jeanette Winterson has
rightly criticised hotel chain
Malmaison for the hoardings
around its construction site. On
them we see a rather gorgeous
blonde woman wearing a hard
hat and black and yellow tape,
holding a spanner in one image
and an electric drill in the other.
She doesn’t look like she’s about to
start fixing some shuttering...
Winterson, in an article in the
Guardian on 31 October, pointed
out that this is not sending out an
encouraging message to any young
women considering construction
as a career. Industry figures have
agreed. For me, looking at the
images was like going back two
decades to when I started as a cub
reporter on Construction News.
Back then, it was commonplace to
see scantily clad women in adverts.
Trade shows were awash with them
too. And there were certain trade
association dinners where the
only alternative to sitting through
sexist and racist jokes from the
after-dinner speaker was to take an
extended trip to the ladies’ room.
Things have improved so much
Malmaison told the BBC that the
images were “a bit of fun”...that
depends on whether your idea of
fun is turning to page three of The
Sun. Is that really what their brand
is about? Maybe Malmaison should
find a new marketing consultant.