Live Recording Reduces Accidents At East
With 450 members of staff providing waste, recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance services to a population of 300,000 people, East Riding of Yorkshire Council Group Manager, Paul Tripp, has installed Vision Techniques’ recording system to help cut accidents.
Paul Tipp – “We recently had a serious road traffic accident in Bridlington where an individual was involved in a collision with a refuse vehicle. The incident took place at 7 in the morning, by 10.30am a police officer was able to watch the accident again in my office using the VT Live system”
Paul and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have found that by adding recording systems to their vehicles they’ve seen a significant drop in accidents, a growth in staff confidence and increased protection against third-party claims.
Operations managers in the waste management industry are aware that reversing accidents with refuse vehicles is a growing problem.
While only four percent of accidents on the road involve reversing vehicles, a massive 40 percent of accident fatalities come from these incidents.
Paul has dedicated time and money on staff training and awareness, but he’s found the en- hancements made to his new vehicles have had the most positive effect, combined with his staff’s willingness to embrace new technology.
The equipment was installed by Vision Techniques, who have developed a vehicle recording system called VT Live that streams live camera footage from any location. The system is “essential when providing evidence where liability can be questioned.”
Paul said: “We recently had a serious road traffic accident in Bridlington where an individual was involved in a collision with a refuse vehicle. The incident took place at 7 in the morning, by 10.30am a police officer was able to watch the accident again in my office using the VT Live system.
“This information allowed the police to deal with the incident instantly, prove my driver wasn’t liable and no further questioning was needed; all thanks to our video evidence.”
“Sometimes your driver does everything right – checks their vehicle, tachograph in place and driving to the speed limits; but something happens that is out of their control; a pedes- trian steps out in front of the vehicle.”
Source Separation For Bournemouth Borough Council
Following Defra’s recent push to encourage separation at source, Bournemouth Borough Council has purchased four NTM K Maxi single body units with an FK Pod non compacting bin lift (FK) for recycling.
The FK is a top discharge unit so is a fully welded structure to avoid the possibility of leaks and the bin lift cycle is a very nifty 19 seconds.
NTM has also designed the FK bin lift with a stainless steel pannier that does not need to be removed to empty bins, the pannier can easily be removed for cleaning.
Another distinct advantage of the FK is the unique low discharge design, which is ideal for areas where overhead power cables are low, the company says.
NTM-GB offers a complete range of products from 3.5 tonne tippers, non-compaction refuse vehicles, plastic bodies, right up to the largest 32t vehicles in its range NTM is the only company in the UK that can offer such a vast portfolio of products.
Southern Municipal Exhibition Hailed A Great Success
The inaugural Southern Municipal Exhibition has been hailed a great success by exhibitors and attendees alike after an unveiling in the Kent sunshine on 14 May.
Attracting some of the biggest names in the municipal trade showcasing their latest products to a welcoming and responsive delegate audience made for a successful and productive day.
Alongside the exhibition hall and external field, CIWM hosted a seminar programme, which was organised and facilitated by Beverley Simonson, Vice Chair of London & Southern Counties.
Focussing on the key issues facing municipal sector employees at the moment, from the fuel saving benefits offered by new vehicles, to joint procurement and safety innovations. All presentations were warmly received and sparked interesting debate and conversations, both during the seminar and afterwards with exhibitors.
Kevin Mansell, Lewes District Council summed up the day, stating: “The show was a nice size and there were enough exhibits to be interesting but the benefit was that the people had time to meet and communicate. The seminar was very mixed session and very interesting”.
Exhibiting at the show also proved to be popular, in particular with members of the CIWM Business Club offering them the chance to meet with existing and potential clients in a relaxed and informal environment.
Kevin Mansell, Lewes District Council – “The show was a nice size and there were enough exhibits to be interesting but the benefit was that the people had time to meet and communicate. The seminar was very mixed session and very interesting”
Feedback from exhibitors has been very positive with a number of exhibitors already booking for next year.
Dominic Benabda, Vision Technologies summed up the exhibition perfectly stating “The SME Exhibition provided a good amount of space on both internal and external stand spaces coupled with a well-managed event and lots of help on hand, they even managed to book good weather and good food”.
Kevin Murton, managing director of EPIC Media Group and joint hosts of the Southern Municipal Exhibition along with Julian Glasspole of Vehicle Weighing Solutions hailed the day a great success “The Southern Municipal Exhibition started off as an initial idea to bring a group of quality companies together to showcase the very best that the industry has to offer in a relaxed and low-cost event and I for one feel that we have exceeded these expectations”
Murton continued: “Feedback from exhibitors has been very positive, with a number already confirming they will be back again next year”.
Julian Glasspole added: “We would like to thank Exhibitors, CIWM and all the delegates for contributing to an excellent day in Kent. Keep your eyes peeled for next year’s date and make sure you are part of the SME Story”.