Pilot project in the West develops safety at road works

The Swedish Transport Administration's goal is that no one should be injured during roadworks. A pilot project in western Sweden is now investigating how the entire project organization around roadworks can be included and take responsibility for making work on our roads safer.

Those who have the road as their workplace are vulnerable. Not all road users pay attention to the roadworks ahead and in the worst case, an accident can occur. Although there are a number of rules governing how roadworks should be noticed, risks are difficult to always completely minimize.

- We need to do more, that's clear. What we can focus on are the parts we ourselves have control over, but of course we also want road users to adapt more to reduce the risk of accidents," says Per Kärrdin, head of unit at the Swedish Transport Administration Western Region and initiator of the pilot project.

The pilot project will run in the spring of 2024 in a contract that has a lot of work in the traffic environment as well as work with several short and varied jobs that require a great focus on safe workplaces.


4lights light harness improves visibility on the construction site

Remove the weight of the headlamp from your head. That's the advice of 4light, the company that promotes a safer workplace through light. The company is now targeting the construction industry with its new LED harnesses with all-white light.

4light's vision is to improve the visibility and safety of people living and working in hazardous environments. This is done with the help of backpacks and harnesses with LED implementation, which makes employees visible thanks to flashing lights.

New product - perfect for the construction industry
Worker White is 4light's latest launch in the NOVA Worker family. It is a harness designed with a focus on work lighting for e.g. craftsmen, electricians and plumbing specialists who work in confined spaces with poor lighting. The harness has a white LED light implemented across the chest, shoulders and back that is dimmable in four strengths - unlike other harnesses from 4light that have flashing lights in different colors.  


How to revolutionize work light with LEDs

In modern working environments where safety and productivity are crucial, lighting is essential. Traditionally, headlamps and spotlights have been the standard choice for illuminating workplaces, but now 4LIGHT is taking a groundbreaking step with its latest innovation - the NOVA Worker LED harness. This new solution not only improves working conditions but can also save lives.

Compared to conventional headlamps, the NOVA Worker offers a significant improvement. With its ability to spread light over an area of up to 3 meters around the user, it creates a more natural lighting effect similar to daylight. It eliminates the problem of shadowing that often accompanies traditional headlamps and replaces it with an even, shadow-free illumination that is ideal for work environments where every detail is important.

One of the most prominent benefits of the NOVA Worker is its ease of use and practical design. Instead of holding a lamp in their hand, users can easily wear the light on their body, freeing their hands to perform tasks more efficiently and safely.


Brilliant effort to get everyone home from work

4LIGHT wants everyone to come home after work. The NOVA Worker LED harness is a brilliant contribution to the working environment with improved safety, increased visibility and increased productivity. 

The LED lighting in NOVA Worker increases visibility in exposed environments, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.

- Today, many people walk around with a false protection and think they are visible, even though they are not. Unlike reflectors, NOVA Worker offers an active light source that makes you always visible, says David Bodin, CEO of 4LIGHT.

With white, shadow-free work lighting on the chest, NOVA Worker in many cases also replaces the headlamp and creates a powerful shadow-free light surface around the user. The yellow lighting on the shoulders and back creates an alertness for both colleagues and the environment.

- We want to contribute to the zero vision that everyone should come home from work. By reducing the risks, we also reduce the number of serious incidents in the workplace," says David Bodin.



A road construction site where cars pass just meters away from workers and where many ignore reduced speed is a vulnerable workplace. Now there is an alternative to traditional high-visibility clothing with reflectors. The company 4LIGHT has developed a harness with LED lighting that makes workers visible from both the front and the back. The harness also has a work light that replaces headlights and spotlights.

"He tells us that a survey conducted by the trade union Seko shows that 82% are worried about working on the road because of a lack of safety. Visibility to colleagues and surrounding traffic is important, and in many cases Hi-Vis clothing does not meet the requirements for high visibility.

- A common problem is that a jacket or vest is dirty and therefore less visible. Improper washing and drying of high-visibility clothing can cause it to lose its reflectivity. Most people are not aware of this and the jacket or vest then becomes a false sense of security. Our harness can be machine washed provided the battery and electronic board are removed first.

A reflector needs something to shine on it to make it visible. An LED radiates outwards and provides active visibility. The harness developed by 4LIGHT for road workers has a total of 180 centimeters of LED strip. It has white light on the front, red light on the back and yellow light over the shoulders. This allows motorists to see the direction in which the wearer is heading.


NCC boss chased joints for the kids - can the asphalt runners try now?

Is this the future for asphalt pavers working in the dark? NCC technicians give a thumbs up after testing flashing LED harnesses.

Visibility is a safety issue in the winter darkness.

David Söderberg Ingelström, manager at NCC's asphalt laboratory, was actually looking for portable LED lighting for his children when he had a bright idea.

- "We had LED harnesses in our internal material range. I started thinking that my technicians must have this when they are out working in the field," he says.

Visible without headlight glare
All said and done. The lab manager ordered the harnesses home. They were recently tested by technicians during a field drill. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

- They were very pleased and felt safer, especially when walking alongside the drill truck where traffic is tight. You don't have to wait for a spotlight to be seen when you're wearing these harnesses, as you do with reflectors," says David Söderberg Ingelström.



Asphalt pavers often work on busy roads and sometimes even at night. To increase safety, Skanska has tested harnesses with LED lights that not only increase visibility but also slow down drivers.

Skanska's production manager Jonathan Gillén heard about the new lights from 4LIGHT and bought three for the asphalt team. They have since been tested throughout the season, especially on the nightly assignments and on major roads where traffic is not diverted during paving.

- "Our regular protective equipment is visible and has reflectors everywhere, but people are used to seeing road workers in neon yellow clothes. The light from the LED harnesses makes road users jump. They do not understand what they see and automatically slow down. The light also creates a sense of security among our professional employees," says Jonathan Gillén.

The harnesses are mainly used by the employees who move around the machines and are closest to the traffic. They cost a few thousand dollars more than a traditional high-visibility jacket, but according to Anders Johansson, it's a cheap way to increase safety.

- "I don't know how many vehicles pass me during a shift, it could be thousands. This is an investment in our work environment and safety," he says.