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WCRA says public needs safety education

The Work, Health & Safety Group of the Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) has agreed that there is a compelling need to educate the public about the safety issues around the heavy collection vehicles.

It has proposed an NSW/ACT-wide campaign via main-stream media to create awareness on the issue. The decision follows several deaths in the past year involving pedestrians and collection vehicles.

WCRA executive director Tony Khoury told Inside Waste that the WHS is particularly concerned about the lack of awareness by the general public on the safe turning circles and stopping distances required by these large waste and recycling collection trucks.

“These concerns have been aggregated by reviewing video footage from front and rear facing cameras on a range of different collection trucks,” he said.

Khoury added that the waste management sector is the only part of the heavy vehicle sector that visits every household and every business on a regular weekly basis.

Meanwhile the WHS Group will continue to discuss and monitor this issue. “Ideally, the NSW Government would assist with the funding required for a media campaign,” he said and adding that

“I would like to pause and remember the tragic death of Connor Greasby, who at the time was five years old and riding a pushbike near his family’s home in Kellyville Ridge.

At midday on a Friday in April 2007 Connor was hit by a reversing waste truck. Despite the frantic efforts of onlookers and doctors from a Care Flight helicopter, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Westmead Children’s Hospital.