Impatient drivers putting Wirral bin crews' lives at risk

Impatient drivers putting Wirral bin crews' lives at risk

All 200 of Biffa’s bin collection staff will be wearing these new high-visibility vests overprinted with the slogan 'Cars stay off pavements. We are only doing our job'

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WIRRAL’S street cleaning and bins collection company has launched a new road safety campaign after a “worrying” level of dangerous incidents.

Contractor Biffa says the biggest hazard is impatient motorists driving their cars onto pavements in an attempt get around bin wagons.

Managers are concerned that unless drivers modify their behaviour, a Biffa crew member could be seriously injured or killed.

Now all 200 of the borough’s bin collection staff will be wearing new high-visibility vests overprinted with the slogan “Cars stay off pavements. We are only doing our job.

Biffa business manager Gary Robinson said there were 13 reported incidents of cars being driven on Wirral pavements to get around collection crews in the past year - with three drivers reported to police.

He said: “One such incident involved a manager from Wirral Council who was participating in a ‘back to the floor’ day on one of our collection vehicles.

“A car mounted the pavement and nearly ran him over. We didn’t hesitate to report that to the police.”

In February, a Biffa loader was struck on the arm by a car driven on a pavement. Fortunately, he did not need hospital treatment.

Mr Robinson added: “Every near-miss, as we call them, is a brush with death.

“It’s really not acceptable for impatient drivers to drive recklessly around our vehicles and crews. My teams are only doing the job that residents want them to do, and it’s tough enough without having to worry about bad driving.”

Biffa’s collection vehicles will also be sporting two new bold slogans: "The safety of our staff is important: you will be reported to the police if you put them in danger."

And "Please drive carefully around this vehicle."

The campaign is fully endorsed and supported by Wirral Council.

In 2013, Biffa’s municipal division, which services nearly 40 local authorities across Britain, recorded more than 700 incidents of cars being driven on pavements.

Several Biffa staff were actually struck by vehicles, resulting in serious injuries, and Biffa’s managers are extremely concerned someone could be killed.

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10:05am Thu 3 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

In my opinion every car that mounts the pavement to pass a bin wagon should be reported to the police. Not only are they putting the workers in danger but also residents. A resident would not be looking for a car when leaving their property.

Ballacrain
In my opinion every car that mounts the pavement to pass a bin wagon should be reported to the police. Not only are they putting the workers in danger but also residents. A resident would not be looking for a car when leaving their property. Ballacrain ballacrain
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10:47am Thu 3 Apr 14

steady cyclist says...

Let us hope that the current campaign results in prosecutions, only then will a minority learn through a fine the hard job the refuse collectors do without having to play dodgems with car and van drivers.
Let us hope that the current campaign results in prosecutions, only then will a minority learn through a fine the hard job the refuse collectors do without having to play dodgems with car and van drivers. steady cyclist
  • Score: 8

5:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

uncatom says...

I believe Biffa are contracted to WBC as the contractor for street cleansing and refuse collection, this being the case WBC has overall responsibility for the health and safety of those employees affected by the dangerous actions of those impatient and criminal drivers.

So what action have WBC taken against these offenders to further protect their contracted employees ? I imagine it is the same action they take against the fly tippers and dog fouling brigade, exactly none, other responsible organisations issue warnings that verbal abuse, threats or other anti social or bad behaviour wont be tolerated and offenders will be prosecuted, the pitiful steps taken so far to help reduce such actions (written on the back of a safety vest) are less than useless, unreadable from a distance, so the refuse collector needs to be pressed against the windscreen of an offending vehicle before the driver can read it, as to other pedestrians, it must be open season.
I believe Biffa are contracted to WBC as the contractor for street cleansing and refuse collection, this being the case WBC has overall responsibility for the health and safety of those employees affected by the dangerous actions of those impatient and criminal drivers. So what action have WBC taken against these offenders to further protect their contracted employees ? I imagine it is the same action they take against the fly tippers and dog fouling brigade, exactly none, other responsible organisations issue warnings that verbal abuse, threats or other anti social or bad behaviour wont be tolerated and offenders will be prosecuted, the pitiful steps taken so far to help reduce such actions (written on the back of a safety vest) are less than useless, unreadable from a distance, so the refuse collector needs to be pressed against the windscreen of an offending vehicle before the driver can read it, as to other pedestrians, it must be open season. uncatom
  • Score: 0

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