FOI Request - Sheriff John Beckett QC Recommendations

Request 101001980929

Please tell me whether your council has implemented the recommendations made by Sheriff John Beckett QC on 7/12/15 in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of John Kerr Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney, Erin Paula McQuade, Stephenie Catherine Tait, Gillian Margaret Ewing and Jacqueline Morton.

5.3 Glasgow City Council, when employing a driver, should not allow employment to commence before references sought have been received.

Please tell me how many drivers hired by your council have been allowed to begin employment without references since this recommendation was made.

5.4 Glasgow City Council should carry out an internal review of its employment processes with a view to ascertaining potential areas for improvement in relation to checking medical and sickness absence information provided by applicants, for example by having focussed health questions within reference requests for drivers and obtaining medical reports in relation to health related driving issues from applicants’ GPs.

Please share with me any internal reviews that have been undertaken by your council since this recommendation was made.

5.5 Glasgow City Council should provide its refuse collection operators with some basic training to familiarise them with the steering and braking mechanisms of the vehicles in which they work.

In regards to the above, please detail the training given by your council to refuse collection and large goods vehicle operators since this recommendation was made.

5.6 Local Authorities and any other organisations which collect refuse, when sourcing and purchasing refuse collection vehicles which are large goods vehicles, should seek to have AEBS fitted to those vehicles wherever it is reasonably practicable to do so.

Please can you tell me the number of refuse collection and large goods vehicles your council has acquired since this recommendation, and how many of these vehicles are fitted with Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS)?

Please state the reasons why any vehicles have not been fitted with AEBS.

5.7 Local Authorities and any other organisations which collect refuse, and which currently have large goods vehicles without AEBS but to which AEBS could be retrofitted, should explore the possibility of retrofitting with the respective manufacturer.

Please tell me the number of large goods and refuge vehicles that your council has in total, and how many of these vehicles are fitted with AEBS?

Please state the reasons why any vehicles have not been fitted with AEBS.

5.8 Glasgow City Council should seek to identify routes between refuse collection points which, so far as is reasonably practicable, minimise the number of people who would be at risk should control be lost of a refuse collection lorry.

Please tell me whether your council has changed the routes of large goods and refuse lorries to minimise the number of people who would be at risk should control be lost of a lorry.

If so, please detail these route changes.

5.9 The potential for the presence of exceptional numbers of pedestrians at particular times should be taken account of as part of route risk assessment in refuse collection.

Please explain how the "potential for the presence of exceptional numbers of pedestrians at particular times" has been taken into account as part of route risk assessment in refuse collection.

Response 30-11-2018

5.3.  There have been no drivers employed in the Waste Section since the recommendation was made.

5.4. Our reference request for new drivers has been amended to specifically ask if the referee is aware of any health conditions that would render the applicant unfit to hold a LGV licence.  Newly appointed drivers are given a “Declaration of Fitness to Undertake Driving Duties” form to complete and sign.  This is completed with all drivers annually to ensure that they still feel fit to undertake the driving duties that they are employed to.  Back to work interviews are conducted prior to driving duties recommencing and details of this process are recorded for future reference.

5.5. Refuse Collection Operators have not received training on the steering and braking mechanisms of Refuse Collection vehicles as we decided that it would be inappropriate to have them intervene when they are not fully trained LGV drivers and 90% of the time they are out-with the vehicle.  Large goods vehicle operators in the Waste Section attend annual CPC training to ensure that their skills are current.  Drivers are subject to a driving assessment by an external driving assessor following return from a long term absence before recommencing driving duties.

5.6. Moray Council have purchased 21 Large Goods Vehicles over 3.5T gross vehicle weight since the FAI in December 2015. 8 of these vehicles have been fitted with AEBS.  Manufacturers stated soon after the FAI that fitting after-market AEBS systems to their complex wiring looms would invalidate warranty. As manufacturers were fitted AEBS and other systems as standard the decision was taken to stick to manufacturers systems.

5.7. Moray Council operates 100 commercial LGV’s over 3.5T, 8 of which have AEB’s.  Manufacturers stated soon after the FAI that fitting after-market AEBS systems to their complex wiring looms would invalidate warranty. As manufacturers were fitted AEBS and other systems as standard the decision was taken to stick to manufacturers systems.

5.8. Collection routes near schools are routed to ensure RCVs are in this area out with school start/finish/lunch times. Also servicing of bins in pedestrian only zones are completed before 10:00.

5.9 We regularly review our collection route risk assessments to minimise RCVs in high risk areas during peak pedestrian times. Random observational safety checks are also carried out and recorded by crew supervisors, with remedial action urgently carried out if required. Drivers are also told that if they encounter unexpected high risk situations they are to contact Supervisors for advice or to leave servicing bins in that area and return when the risk levels are back to normal.

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