Episode 3: An Interview with Kate Cairns - road safety campaigner and founder of See Me Save Me.
Thirty year-old Eilidh Cairns was killed in 2009 when she was struck from behind and crushed by a tipper lorry whilst cycling to work. The violent and shocking incident compelled her sister, Kate, to become a leading voice calling for construction logistic risk management and greater safety on our roads.
Chartered Civil Engineer, Kate, familiar with on-site control of construction traffic, had to fight for a proper investigation – including for a check of the driver’s eyesight – and exposed the massive chasm between on-site and off-site safety culture. Taking her campaign for safer HGVs to Europe, UK parliament and the London Mayor as well as industry, change is now afoot at all levels with a new industry CLOCS standard, a world first direct vision standard forthcoming in London, and a change to EU law on cab design.
Kate talks candidly to ATT’s Adam Christopher about her fight for change; the growing industry recognition of road risk and necessity for the application of management techniques like the hierarchy of control; and how creating empathy is essential in changing culture.
This podcast contains content that some listeners may find upsetting.