There were around 25,000 fatalities on the roads in the 28 EU states in 2014 (the good news is that this number has been dropping). A significant proportion of these road accidents are a result of collisions with signs, signals, poles and other items of street furniture which can now be made passively safe, offering a real contribution in the reduction of personal injury to the occupants of vehicles involved in such accidents.
Safety barriers are traditionally used to prevent vehicles hitting objects such as larger signposts, lighting columns and traffic signal posts. However these are expensive to install and maintain and are a hazard in themselves. Crash barriers may not be necessary where passively safe street furniture (tested to BS EN 12767) is employed. Passive safety street furniture is approved and supported by the Highways Agency, Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government and the Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland.
The Ritherdon passive safety product range
Ritherdon have a growing range of products that are either tested to EN 12767 themselves (such as the passively safe cabinet) or are particularly suited for use with passively safe products (e.g. the clamping mechanism of the Atlas and Orion retention sockets avoids damage of softer, passively safe poles). The links below will take you to more information on each of the Ritherdon passive safety related products.
Passively Safe Cabinet
The Passively Safe Cabinet extends the scope of passive safety to roadside enclosures with its Occupant Safety Level of 100NE3.
Atlas Retention Sockets
The Atlas retention socket, the strongest gripping socket on the market
Poletech Break-away Poleplug
The Poletech PolePlug is the safest and easiest-to-maintain wiring system for Passive Safe traffic poles...