JCB puts safety in focus with new films12 February 2019

JCB is heading an industry-wide initiative aimed at improving health and safety within the waste and recycling sectors.

In partnership with the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, Biffa, HW Martin Group, EU Skills, Mentor Training and Waste Masters Hire, JCB has produced a series of five ‘WasteWise’ films that promote the safe and efficient operation of handling machinery at waste sites.

Each video runs for approximately 10 minutes and focuses on the simple steps that machine operators should take to optimise on-site safety and productivity every day.

The films are dedicated to specific machines in the JCB WasteMaster range and cover pre-shift checks, basic maintenance routines and guidance on visibility and ongoing machine management.

Says JCB waste and recycling sector sales manager David Banks: “JCB is the single biggest provider of handling equipment to the UK waste and recycling market and the new ‘WasteWise’ videos are part of JCB’s commitment to improving health and safety across the nation’s waste and recycling plants

“A steering group was formed with a diverse range of partner companies and organisations representing the sector to help highlight the key issues and some of the challenges facing the industry are addressed in the films.”

He adds: “The videos are designed to help develop a heightened sense of responsibility among machinery operators working in the waste and recycling sectors. We hope to create an understanding of the fact that, by taking a few simple steps, operators can greatly reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident.

“The films also show how basic routine vehicle maintenance checks not only improve on-site safety but also contribute to significant reductions in machinery operating costs and, over the lifetime of a machine, will help to sustain residual values and, therefore, minimise total cost of ownership.”

The films are available to watch, free of charge, via YouTube and other social media platforms.

Adam Offord

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