Kier Highways proudly picked up the Safety Innovation Award for the development and introduction of conveyor floor lorries for surface dressing at this year’s Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) conference.
The vehicles have been developed in collaboration with Kier, RJ Holbrook and Fruehauf and are a first for the surface dressing industry. Following a successful trial at the end of last season we have now agreed with the supplier and manufacturer to provide a full fleet of these vehicles, phased in over the next two years.
Benefits of operating with non-tipping vehicles are elimination of the risk of overhead cable strikes by our trucks, which reduces disruption to both stakeholders and travelling public as well as increased efficiency. Traditional lorries will tip into a safe area and then keep moving backwards to fill up outside of where an overhead cable exists making the whole process slow. Non-tipping vehicles means laying of the surface dressing continues without having to break and move to a safe area. Work can be completed in a shorter timescale which is always good news for our customers and clients.
We currently have three vehicles with the fourth arriving this month. Be the end of summer we should be operating 12 lorries with a plan to have 22 by the end of next season.
Following the success of the evening presentation, Andy Mayos, General Manager for Kier Surface Treatments Business said: “It was a great achievement for the team and an excellent example of collaboration between Kier and supply chain to overcome a significant risk in our industry.”
Paddy Kirwan, Service Director, added: “This RSTA award is excellent recognition for the STB team, who are constantly exploring new ideas to eliminate safety hazards whilst improving the customer experience and increasing productivity.”