This safety alert is directed towards organisations in the waste and recycling sector that operate vehicles equipped with hydraulically operated rear doors, hatches, or body sections. It comes in response to a tragic incident involving a fatal accident where an individual was working beneath the top-hinged hydraulically powered rear door of a road sweeper. The failure of the door mechanism resulted in it abruptly closing, leading to fatal crush injuries. The content of this alert is also relevant to other waste vehicles featuring hydraulically operated components that pose a similar risk. Examples include the top-hinged rear door of a walking-floor bulk waste trailer and the raising rear body section found on most refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and similar vehicles.

WISH Safety Alert – Hydraulic rear doors and similar

In March 2023, WISH released a position statement addressing the safe utilisation of RCV (refuse collection vehicle – bin lorry) bin-lift equipment in automatic mode. This fact sheet, issued in January 2024 by WISH, builds upon the aforementioned statement, incorporating advancements since its issuance. It is expected that this sheet will undergo revisions and updates as additional developments arise. Primarily directed at users of RCV bin-lifting equipment with automatic functionality, designers, manufacturers, and suppliers may also find the information valuable.

The Guidance can be found here.

WISH has issued “Information Note 23”, providing guidance on the control of bioaerosols which are a complex mixture of bacteria, fungal spores, and other fragments of biological origin that are suspended in the air. When organic waste, such as domestic, garden and food waste is stored for any period, the naturally occurring microorganisms can multiply rapidly, especially in warm and moist environments. There is risk of bioaerosol generation during the handling and processing of organic waste, particularly during energetic activities. For further details, please refer to the Information Note 23 here.