August 23, 2012

Verbal abuse - South East Water workers face angry drivers

BBC News reports on main laying workers from South East Water who are being subjected to verbal abuse from drivers trying to force their way through barriers closing the road.

South East Water said drivers ignoring the signs in Old Thanet Way, near Whitstable, Kent were also putting themselves and the workforce in danger.

Spokesman Steve Andrews said: "People are verbally abusing the workers and that is not acceptable."

The vast majority of our customers have been really co-operative but we have been disappointed that a small minority have tried to get through and that is very dangerous.

Neil Greig, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said it had heard of many similar incidents.

"We have found this the length and breadth of Britain - people shouting at workmen," he said.

"There is a minority of people out there who seem to think that it's the workmen's fault they are being held up and want to take it out on them."