The community have been reminded to slow down at roadwork sites in order to protect workers.
The Your Speed is Our Safety advertising campaign, launched on Friday, highlights the impacts of unsafe driving around roadworks and the risks road workers face.
Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson said two road workers have been killed on Tasmanian roads in the past seven years.
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In addition to that, he said contractors regularly reported near misses.
Mr Ferguson said Tasmanians would encounter more road workers in the future due to the number of road infrastructure projects within the government’s coronavirus recovery plan.
Traffic Management Association of Australia national secretary Camille O’Meara said there were reports of drivers that disregarded stop signs or red lights and directed aggressive behaviour at workers.
“We understand that’s due to frustration, but they are just doing their job so we ask for patience and understanding,” she said.
“We’ve had lots of incidents were things have been thrown at employees and verbal abuse.”
Road worker Toni Pelham said she had experienced violence and abuse like her colleagues.
She said the risks associated with the work were at times emotionally draining.
“All road workers want to go home safe to their families,” Ms Pelham said.
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