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Cemex lauded for cyclist protection

Building materials group CEMEX has been recognised for its Cycling Safety Initiative to reduce accidents involving lorries and cyclists in the Construction Products Association’s 2009 edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement.

CEMEX research found that there is a particular danger at road junctions where cyclists are on the nearside of large vehicles turning left. As a result, the company introduced the following features on its trucks, to improve driver visibility and safety for cyclists:

  • A new mirror (fish / frog eye) to improve visibility to the near side (blind spot) and front of the vehicle

  • A cyclist warning sign to the nearside rear of all of our vehicles, warning of the dangers of undertaking Large Goods Vehicles (LGV)

  • A proximity sensor ‘side-scan’ system on all new vehicles to warn the driver if anything is in the danger zone to the left side of the vehicle.

  • Side under-run bars on tippers, as extra protection for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
  • The Cycling Safety Initiative’s achievement in the category of Health, Safety & Security, is one of only 24 products and initiatives nationwide, to be chosen for this year’s publication, which annually showcases the most innovative products and processes created by the construction products industry during the last twelve months or so.

    The 24 entries in CPIA are under four key headings; Energy and Carbon Saving; Health, Safety and Security; Improvements in Site Safety; and Resource Efficiency.

    About Fiona Russell-Horne

    Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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