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Vehicle hits waste contractor employee

A loader working for Somerset Waste Partnership’s (SWP) contractor Kier has been injured in an accident with a passing vehicle in Nether Stowey.

The loader, who has not been named, has since been discharged from hospital “bruised and battered” and is expected back at work in due course. The incident has been reported to the police.

An SWP statement said the crew involved had followed advice to, where necessary, stop their collection truck temporarily in the centre of the road as a barrier, so other vehicles cannot pass while loaders are moving heavy containers from both sides of the road, and hooking them to both sides of the truck for sorting materials by hand.

SWP said it and Kier were working with the police to raise awareness of this issue among drivers so they did not try to pass waste vehicles during operations.

Managing director Mickey Green said: “We appeal for drivers to be patient, since the crews have an important job to do for local residents. They will only be a few minutes, and their regular rounds and predictable timing allow drivers to plan other routes.”

SWP manages household waste for Somerset County Council and the districts of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset.

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