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If your bin hasn’t been emptied……

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……it’s because walking on a pavement can be hazardous.

That is, according to South Tyneside Council.

Residents who were due for a collection today are asked to leave their bins out, and those bins that are missed due to the weather conditions will be collected when it is safe to do so. Our drivers and crews are experienced and can cope with conditions on gritted roads, but side streets and pavements can be far more difficult. Walking on a pavement can be hazardous and handling wheeled bin and containers poses additional challenges.

Which does beg the question – how do the street sweeping teams manage to walk the pavements with those nice little wheeled grit bins? How does the postman get up and down my street with his heavy laden wheeled trolley?

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Written by curly

December 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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  1. Trips, slips, sprains and breaks can prove expensive for employers; a fact of modern life which, irritating as it may be,South Tyneside Council have to take account of.

    Labour New Boy

    December 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

    • So….it is safer for South Tyneside’s cleansing staff to push a wheeled grit bin on the snow covered pavements than it is to push a wheeled refuse bin?

      I rejoice, my bins have now been collected twice in the last five weeks (I guess the pressure was on, knowing how much rubbish we all generate next weekend.)


      December 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

  2. As ex LGO,but not employed by ST, I have experience of task based risk analysis.End results may not always please stakeholders, but management have to minimise any chance of personal injury claims by staff.

    Labour New Boy

    December 22, 2010 at 7:09 pm

  3. I live in a spot which cannot be accessed by the refuse van. So, I have to take my bin firstly down my back garden path and then a distance of about 75 metres because the refuse collectors cannot be bothered to come to my back gate. If I slip in the present conditions, who compensates me? Bah! Humbug! Get us back to the days when men were men and would not be dictated to by Health & Safety, yellow-jacketed busy bodies.


    December 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  4. Busybodies yellow jacketed or not, that is the reality.Blame lawyers in pinstripes or judges in robes,they have created the situation of risk averse culture.Lobby your councillor about a means of trying to redress your problem or go to your local CAF and put your case there.

    Labour New Boy

    December 23, 2010 at 1:33 am

  5. Gritty comments from one tweeting ST politico this am ready for the fray; whatever happened to truth and reconciliation ?

    Labour New Boy

    December 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  6. I think the gritty remarks come from one who is all too easily distracted from his main duties, I think such personal barbs and attacks ought to be kept out of the public domain. Happily they are not on his “official” Twitter page, although we all know him so well as a councillor rather than an insignificant individual like ourselves. Of course, it might all be light hearted jest you know.


    December 23, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    • Not according to Carter Ruck!Look what happened to Gareth Compton for posting a jocular remark in bad taste…

      Labour New Boy

      December 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

  7. The postmen manage, don’t they!

    Have a great Xmas Curly.


    December 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  8. Quite right Ellee. It is now 15 years since I retired from work and at that time I was working for a company that distributed medical supplies to hospitals, pharmacies and doctors surgeries. We covered an area roughly enclosed by Stranraer, Berwick, Whitby and Barrow-in-Furness. Every customer was guaranteed 2 deliveries per day (Mon – Fri) and 1 delivery on Saturday. We had 26 vans operating out of Gateshead and 7 out of Carlisle. In all the time I was working there I cannot remember a van not getting through. However, I repeat, there were no yellow-jacketed monsters roaming the streets in those days.


    December 24, 2010 at 12:34 am

  9. Who are the yellow jackets? Can one of them please blog..

    Labour New Boy

    December 24, 2010 at 1:26 am

  10. Who will display grit and clear a path through the confusing slippery runways of “Airportgate” this eve?Will 3 Wise Men/Persons appear? Apparently an angel rarely seen in the Council Chamber plans an appearance amidst the winter snow if the yellow jackets permit.

    Labour New Boy

    December 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

    • Not many angels or wise men in the indy alliance ranks. Coun Branley A looking like he was auditioning for a Boy Band made a rare visit Did not support the motion of Branley J. Confusion or dissent?
      George ‘sick note’ Waddle gave us a bulletin on his health problems to excuse his recent ‘no shows.’
      The wannabee councillors were in the public gallery like Kraig with a K ……dreaming of victory in Biddick Hall.
      Who needs the Customs House Panto when you have the Branley & Khan show.


      December 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      • What about Little Boy Blue, the nomadic virtual reality politico?Had he flown in to”airportgate” in Executive Class? It takes intelligence to be a convincing comic in the Ray and Bob mould.

        Labour New Boy

        December 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

  11. Not a yellow jacket in sight as Vince glided around the dance floor; meanwhile back in ST even Xmas does not bring the sniping to a halt, as all 3 sectors of the local economy face a slippery uphill battle during 2011.

    Labour New Boy

    December 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

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