The government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Driving at Work Guidelines state that “health and safety laws apply to on-the-road work activities, and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system.” They also estimate that over a quarter of road traffic incidents involve somebody who is driving in a work capacity.
With a figure this staggering, it will come as no surprise that one of our most important focuses is maintaining the exceptionally high standard of road safety measures we set out for our shredding vehicle drivers.
So, what measures have we made to keep you safe?
We have recently taken delivery of our tenth new shredding truck this year completing the renewal of our London fleet and representing a further investment in reducing work related road risks. Every new shredding vehicle features two important modifications and enhancements to improve safety.
The first of these improvements is that all of our new shredding vehicles are now fitted with low-rise windows to optimise direct vision. This dramatically improves vision for the drivers, particularly on the passenger side, which will enable drivers to have a better view of cyclists, pedestrians, and other road users.
Secondly, we’ve fitted all new shredding vehicles with a state-of-the-art side detection system. These systems consist of sensors carefully placed along the passenger-side panels of our trucks, detecting any movement from cyclists, pedestrians, or other hazards. If movement is detected, the driver is alerted with an audible bleep. We’ve found these to be incredibly beneficial for our drivers, particularly those operating in London and other areas where road activity is high.
In addition to the above, all of our new shredding vehicles are fitted with audible left-hand warning signals to alert cyclists when turning left. We’ve also renewed all of our cameras in our trucks with a Smart Witness system, and all of our HGV vehicles have been updated with a four-camera system, telematics and trackers.
As well as focusing on physical assets to help our road safety, we also invest in regular training for our drivers.
All of our drivers are security vetted to BS7858, DBS and SC Security Clearance standards, but they also all undertake an e-learning course on road and cycle safety as part of their induction process.
Our fleet manager, Scott Taylor, has recently completed the FORS Fleet Management Essentials course, meaning we have an eye on the future with regards to potential future improvements too. He’s also completed the Safe Urban Driving course from Fleet Source, of which 24 of our drivers are now also booked onto.
It is imperative to us that as well as having absolute security when disposing of your confidential waste, we have absolute safety when on the road too.
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