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Drivers Urged To Be Cautious In Traffic Jams

Concerns have been raised about impatient drivers driving along the Votualevu and Nasoso stretch of roads. Higgins Fiji manager Dave Jaques said his workers have suffered serious injuries because of
02 May 2015 09:34
Drivers Urged To Be Cautious In Traffic Jams

Concerns have been raised about impatient drivers driving along the Votualevu and Nasoso stretch of roads.

Higgins Fiji manager Dave Jaques said his workers have suffered serious injuries because of the reckless behaviour of some drivers.

“We have had two work site related accidents; the first involved a Government vehicle driving too fast through a work site, into a coned off area and running over a workers foot. This resulted in the worker having his toes broken,” he said.

“We also had a worker in September on traffic control who was injured when the stop/go paddle was struck by a car where the driver feel asleep (supposedly been drinking Kava) the paddle struck him in the mouth causing a severe cut to his top lip.”

He said it was fortunate that the worker was alert enough to get out of the way of the vehicle.

Mr Jaques said: “Another accident occurred in January when  a worker was standing on the end of a bridge walkway when a car slammed into the end of the walkway causing him to be thrown over the car, breaking the car windscreen and resulting in him being admitted to hospital with severe head, leg and torso injuries.”

He said investigations were still underway and the worker is still off work and is expected to be taking the rest of the year off before he returns to full employment.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said drivers continued to ignore signs indicating the need to be cautious as the presence of heavy machinery and workers was a safety concern. “Reports of accidents involving construction workers and damage to machinery have been received due to drivers speeding along parts of the roads currently under construction,” she said.

She said traffic congestions were expected particularly during peak hours.

“Motorists will expect traffic congestion and are requested to plan their travel well ahead of time to avoid being caught in the queue,” she said.

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