CABINET CALL: By South Holland District Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones
Readers may recall that one of our refuse vehicles was involved in an accident recently and I thought you’d be interested to learn how things worked out.
Let me start by saying that although one of our loaders was seriously injured, his injuries were not life threatening and he is now well on the way to a full recovery.
The other two crew members suffered minor injuries and having turned up for work the next day had to be told to go home – thanks for your commitment guys!
Also worthy of note, is the response of those back at base at the council’s offices in Spalding.
As well as ensuring that key managers were quickly on site to advise the emergency services on dealing safely with our specialist vehicle, there was the urgent issue of a collection round to be completed.
This may sound like a straightforward process, given that we know the route and we know how many dwellings there are to be visited.
However, with the current crew having more important things on their minds, there was uncertainty about the number of properties outstanding.
Plus with the vehicle damaged, the team had to figure out how they were going to get the round completed and where they were going to find a crew to do so.
Although the round would be completed the next day as a matter of routine, this can cause issues, so everybody was very keen to get it done that day.
Contrary to what some might think, councils don’t have people sitting around waiting for something to do, nor do they have a pool of spare vehicles, especially ones that cost nearly £140,000 each.
Despite these challenges, the team were able to produce a replacement collection crew and vehicle and get them on the road to complete the round, all without residents realising anything had happened.