Kirklees Council workmen 'ignored health and safety' in late-night roads fix

Driver's anger over 'accident waiting to happen'

 

Two council workmen were seen dodging traffic while carrying out a late-night pothole repair at a busy junction.

The two men, shovels in hand and wearing luminous clothing, were seen dashing into the road and throwing tarmac into the holes before running back.

The repairs were being made at 9.15pm on Wednesday in Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury, at the traffic light junction with Thornhill Road.

Examiner journalist Martin Shaw was driving home through the lights when the workmen appeared in the road.

“There was no signage, cones or any warning whatsoever,” he said.

“As I drove through the lights I suddenly saw these two workmen in the road.

“They were just running into the road and throwing tarmac into the holes and running back. It was an accident waiting to happen and there was no regard for health and safety for either the workmen or passing motorists that I could see.

“I avoided the workmen but drove straight over the tarmac. This repair must be poor quality and is hardly made to last.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said lessons would be learned and added: “This was a temporary repair which will be dealt with permanently in the future.

“Although all staff are trained in the correct techniques, it would appear that in their eagerness to remove the potential hazard and keep disruption to a minimum they did not correctly sign and guard this site at the time.

“The safety of our workforce and all highway users is paramount to the council and the team have been asked to ensure that all their future work is done in a safe manner.”

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