Men At Work Road Sign: Understanding What Signs Mean

Men at work road sign plates have served as an iconic label of working labour in British culture for generations. But times have changed, and signage has become a little more sophisticated in order to protect both the health & safety of those 'men at work,' as well as pedestrians and drivers (as well as their passengers). Even the 'Men at Work' sign has found itself increasingly obsolete having been replaced by the gender-neutral and more inclusive 'Workforce In Road' to better reflect the increasing number of women involved in construction and civil engineering.

From a health & safety perspective, this increased attention in signs has been a good thing – with deaths resulting from construction and roadworks having drastically reduced since the 1980s. So roadworks sign UK measures have been a success – and this is thanks, in no small part, to more nuanced, detailed, and visible signs being in place to protect workers and the public. But it can be hard to keep up with these signs and what ones need to be put in place at certain roadwork and construction sites. So in order to help clear this up, it's a good idea to think of these signs in categories.

One such category of signs would be diversion signs. This relates to signs that are used to direct traffic in a certain direction, such as the distinct 'Diversion' sign with a yellow background and black arrow. Then we have traffic signal signs such as those that inform drivers of traffic measures. One such example of this is the 'When Red Light Shows Wait Here' sign. Then there are signs relating to road closures and warning signs that serve to indicate hazards or changes in the road that drivers may not expect. The latter is where you'll find the likes of the road work ahead sign. We then have construction signs relating to pedestrians to remind drivers where pedestrians will be located at a site, and vice versa.

These are just a few of the categories that road work signs UK wide fall under. The beauty of a good sign is that it should be clear and concise. That's what makes it a safe and effective sign. But for those looking to buy signs, the amount available can be confusing. Which ones do you need? Well, at Signmark, we've put together an essential collection of road work signs used up and down the UK today. We take pride in the quality of our signs as we are not just the suppliers, but the roadworks sign manufacturers. To discuss your needs, just call us on 01227 833979, email or visit