Health and Safety Executive

HSE safety notice issued: wheeled loading shovels in waste and recycling

HSE has issued a safety notice following nine fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the past four years involving wheeled loading shovels.

Six of the incidents were in the waste and recycling sector while the remainder involved wood chip.

Some were due to poor forward visibility, while others resulted from reversing. Larger capacity buckets had been fitted to some machines, further reducing forward visibility.

Driver visibility is affected by various blind spots caused by the bucket (and load), the engine at the rear and the cab pillars. These can significantly reduce the driver’s ability to see pedestrians and, to a lesser extent, other vehicles.

Before using wheeled loaders (or making changes to them), you should review your workplace transport risk assessments to ensure they will be safe to use in your environment and in the way that you intend to use them.

View the safety notice for full details.