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|CCTV to stop road
A Main Roads worker prepares the TrailerCam CCTV system for
surveillance work at night on the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from
Dinmore to Goodna.
ROAD workers on the Ipswich Motorway have been subjected to such
severe abuse that surveillance cameras have been installed to
The Main Roads Department said road workers and traffic
controllers have suffered verbal and physical abuse from enraged
Mains Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the department’s Road
Worker Safety Hotline had been swamped with complaints.
Mr Wallace said in the worst cases over the past year a worker
was shot at with an air rifle from a passing vehicle and a
traffic controller was assaulted with an umbrella.
“We are trialling new technology to find ways to improve
worksite safety for our road workers, including a $40,000
project to trial thermal cameras on barrier trucks and to trial
new TrailerCams,” Mr Wallace said.
“The TrailerCams will be used to monitor road user behaviour as
they travel through a worksite.
“Footage of any bad driving behaviour, failure to follow a
traffic controller’s direction and abuse will be forwarded to
police for investigation.”
The TrailerCam system and signage started a three month trial
this week on the motorway upgrade from Dinmore to Goodna.
TrailerCam is a self contained portable CCTV monitoring station
that uses a nest of closed circuit (CCTV) and PTZ
(Pan-tilt-zoom) cameras on a six-metre mast.
Mr Wallace said the use of thermal cameras on barrier trucks was
an Australia-first initiative, recently trialled to increase the
awareness of work teams and provide enhanced early warnings of
Thermal images can detect objects six to seven times further
than headlights at night and through fog and dust up to 800
“My department is now preparing a business case to roll out more
cameras on to barrier trucks across the state to help improve
warning times for workers on the state’s roads,” Mr Wallace
He said safety tips included:
Slow down: reduced roadwork speed limits apply at all times and
are legally enforceable.
Drive carefully: you may be liable for damage to your own or
Follow road workers’ instructions: they keep you safe in changed
Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, traffic barriers,
construction equipment and road workers.