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Safety Alert: Wheeled loading shovels in waste and recycling

06 January 2022

This safety notice is to remind duty holders who use these machines of the need to fully assess and actively manage the risk of vehicle-pedestrian collisions.

Target audience 

Operators of wheeled loading shovels.


There have been nine fatal vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the past four years in the UK involving wheeled loading shovels. Six of these were in the waste and recycling sector while the remainder involved wood chip. 

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

These machines are also widely used in the aggregates industry.   

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