Posted: December 2017
Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, eating and drinking, and getting together with friends and family. It’s also the time when we throw away or recycle the most rubbish.
Statistics show that over the festive season the UK creates 30 per cent more waste than usual. Around one billion Christmas cards are thrown out each year, along with 277,000 miles of wrapping paper and 13,350 tonnes of glass.
Once all that rubbish has been consigned to dustbins and recycling crates, it’s the job of the nation’s fleet of waste disposal vehicles to deal with the extra work load. Manoeuvring these hefty vehicles is particularly hazardous over the Christmas and new year period when there is greater congestion in residential and commercial areas. The added volume of waste can require more collections, which increases the potential for accidents or collisions with other road users and pedestrians.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that fatal incidents in the waste and recycling industry are ten times the national average, making this sector dangerous to work in – not just on dark, icy December days, but throughout the year.
Risks are ever-present on public roads and in waste and recycling depots. They include:
To minimise risks, the HSE has issued a number of recommendations. In relation to the danger posed by reversing waste vehicles, it advises that reversing manoeuvres should be eliminated or reduced wherever possible. Where backing-up is unavoidable, vehicles should be fitted with reversing aids including CCTV, detectors and alarms.
Safety solutions such as these have been developed by Brigade Electronics’ team of skilled engineers for decades. We’re proud to be a global market leader in vehicle safety systems, offering innovative, state-of-the-art products that have been rigorously tested to the very highest standards.
So how can we help keep our streets and workplaces safer during the festive season and beyond? Our products include:
Finally, as 2017 draws to a close, we would like to send season’s greetings to all our customers across the globe. We look forward to working with you in 2018, as we continue our mission to make public roads and worksites safer for all.