Safety comes first – Johnston
“Safety comes first,” Chief Government Whip and Highways Minister Johnston Fernando directed his officials to adhere to in respect of road construction works.
Fernando in this connection yesterday gave a week’s deadline to his top officials to have in place road signs for the safety of the public. Speaking to Ministry officials via Zoom following the conclusion of a three-day tour covering all provinces, the Minister said he was disturbed to see that standards of public safety have not been adhered to. “There were worksites where ‘men at work’ signs were not properly displayed, in some such areas speed bumps have been constructed, but in others, no such thing has been made,” he said.
Some sites had traffic lights, but in others, such lighting wasn’t properly handled or displayed. “Constructors are obliged to take every precaution to prevent any inconvenience to road users,” he said.
Roadwork signs and other precautionary measures need to be adhered to, to prevent any accidents. “While we need development and the connected work carried out on time, we should not forget the fact that safety comes first,” he said. Fernando in this regard instructed his Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Premasiri, Road Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Chaminda Athaluwage, RDA Director General Sardha Weerakoon and provincial directors to review their roadwork sign systems and address any shortcomings immediately. (PA)