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Safety group finds HGVs with improved visibility up to the job

A safety taskforce has found that the improved vision from the cab of newer HGVs “far outweighs” any downsides.

Future Thinking carried out an independent evaluation of 20 newly designed HGVs for the Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety (Clocs) group. The vehicles included Mercedes Benz Econic, the Volvo FL818, the DAF FA LF220, the MAN TGM BB and the Mercedes Benz Econic skip loader.

Drivers were said initially to be sceptical of the improved visibility due to their lowered driving position, and doubted whether the vehicles could do the job as well. However, they agreed the benefits of improved vision far outweighed any of the more negative aspects.

O’Donovan Waste Disposal trialled a number of these vehicles as part of the review, and collected operator and driver feedback.

Managing director Jacqueline O’Donovan said: “It is vital that all construction clients are consistent with the Clocs standard to ensure a clear understanding of what is required from both operators and clients.”

Clocs brings together the construction logistics industry and meetings are held bi-monthly. Their aim is to take forward the recommendations of its safety research.

Vehicle trials will conclude later this year and the results and findings will be available to industry. The Clocs meeting was also presented with a review on how it can help to improve off-road ground conditions to enable safer vehicles to be used in construction.

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