Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.
Wheely-Safe for Hamilton Waste and Recycling
Hamilton Waste & Recycling turns to Wheely-safe after one of its trucks was hit by a loose wheel
Hamilton Waste & Recycling gets Wheely-safe
East Lothian-based (Scotland) Hamilton Waste & Recycling is rolling out Wheely-Safe’s world-leading technology across its 35-strong truck fleet having experienced first-hand the perilous dangers of wheel loss.
The recycling and waste management business aims to eliminate any risk of human-error by installing the system, following a successful trial. The move to protect its fleet follows an incident a few years ago that left a lasting impact on the business.
Keir Hamilton, Director at Hamilton Waste & Recycling, says: “One of our trucks was hit by a loose wheel that had come off a vehicle travelling the opposite way. It came across the central carriageway of the Edinburgh City Bypass and hit our truck. The driver never returned to work, but it could have been even worse.
“That has always played on my mind, and I wanted to make sure our fleet had the very best technology to make sure a wheel never comes off one of our trucks.
“Operating in the waste sector, we need to be extra vigilant as the trucks are often working off-road on building sites with broken bricks, blocks, nails and other things that puncture and damage the tyres. That leads to the tyres being changed much more often than normal haulage fleets – meaning there is a higher chance of the wheel nuts coming loose if they are not torqued and retorqued correctly.”
Before opting to roll out Wheely-Safe’s technology across its fleet, Hamilton Waste & Recycling initially tested the system on the five different truck models it operates – including skip loaders, tippers and two tractor units. Having been impressed with the simplicity and effectiveness of the technology the business is now in the process of fitting it on every one of its 35 trucks.
The roll out will see the firm’s team of in-house technicians fit a pair of wheel loss brackets and sensors on each wheel, which transmit an in-motion alert to a solar-powered receiver in the cab, should the wheel nuts start to loosen. The same sensor also monitors heat and can quickly identify a temperature abnormality from the brakes or hub.
“It is really simple to install and very easy for the drivers to operate,” adds Hamilton. “Having this technology fitted improves the safety of our trucks, limiting risk to our drivers, other road users and pedestrians.”