Public urged to be Patient near Construction Sites Following Fatal Accident

People should be patient on roads near construction sites, Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza said on Saturday after an accident claimed the lives of 11 people.

The accident which took place in Mpumalanga, South Africa highlights the risks associated with road construction work, not only for those working on the site but also members of the public, both pedestrians and motorists.

The premier of the region was quoted by a local newspaper’s website as saying:

dmabuza-600x400“We urge all the road users to work with us as a provincial government in the fight against these cruel accidents,” Mabuza said in a statement.

“We can only win the war against accidents when we all play our part consciously in ensuring that all of us are safe and arrive [at] our destinations alive.”


According to reports a mini-bus taxi and truck collided head on leaving 11 people dead on the scene. It is believed that the taxi failed to stop at a stop sign at a construction site when the truck had been signalled to go. In addition to the 11 killed, 2 people were seriously injured and another four received only minor injuries. The article went on to explain,

Mabuza said a preliminary report from the community safety office suggested that the driver of the kombi failed to stop at the “stop and go” site.

The driver allegedly continued to drive on the single lane afterwards.

“We would like to reiterate our stance that accidents are not only costly to government, but they rob families of their loved one and breadwinners, thereby creating a societal problem,” said Mabuza.

The Mpumalanga government was increasing infrastructure on the roads to ensure the roads were safe, he said.


While it is true that road construction zones can cause delays in traffic movement, people should recognise that road construction and maintenance of our roads is vital. Patience is vital to ensuring that everyone gets through road construction zones safely. Minor inconvenience is necessary because without road construction, roads would deteriorate and eventually become dangerous and cause damage to vehicles.

As the incident above demonstrates, a lack of patience can be fatal on the road esspecially around construction zones. As construction workers it is also important that we minimise the inconvenience to motorists as much as possible.

In Australia, regardless of the type of construction being undertaken, workers must be trained on general construction safety training. This training takes the form of the White Card Course. The White Card course is regulated nationally and because it is nationally recognised workers who obtain their white card can work on a construction site anywhere in Oz.


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