Bin lorries to have cameras fitted to prevent deaths of rough sleepers
- 20 May
Waste management company Biffa are installing cameras to their vehicles to try to reduce the number of homeless people killed through rough sleeping in industrial sized wheelie bins.
Over the last year staff at Biffa have found 93 people finding shelter inside of large industrial waste bins, with four being killed after they were tipped into the back of waste trucks, reports Scottish Housing News.
It is hoped that by installing cameras into 140 of the 800 trucks, these unfortunate deaths will be prevented. Tim Standring told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours that the installation of the cameras will give drives "peace of mind" and that some vehicles would also record footage from inside hoppers.
Mr Standring, the firm's divisional health, safety, environment and quality coach, said: "If it's the only place you've got to stay and it's the most secure place I can kind of see the appeal, but the down side of it is if we don't find you, you're not going to survive. Once you're in the hopper, the blade comes down and it crushes and breaks the waste and it will take it back into the body [of the vehicle] where it's compacted again. These machines won't differentiate between cardboard, wood and unfortunately people as well."
By the end of the year, Biffa hope to introduce these cameras into all of its lorries.
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