Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling

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HSE issues safety information notice concerning vehicle rollovers

HSE reminds operators to ensure that they load materials safely on to vehicles 

At the end of June, a lorry overturned in a Liverpool residential street, shedding a large amount of scrap metal. The driver was reportedly trapped in the cabin but the police, who attended the scene, were able to free the driver before the ambulance arrived. 

According to HSE, Merseyside police have recently reported several incidents in which vehicles loaded with scrap metal have overturned. The cause being poor loading of scrap with lighter material underneath and heavy unsecured items such ELVs on top.

Operators are advised to ensure that they load materials safely, including the following:

  • Ensure the stack is stable before any lashings are put in place
  • Place heavier items at the bottom & distribute the load weight across the width of the load bed.
  • Ensure the centre of gravity is as low as possible & near the centreline of the vehicle
  • Do not stack the load too high as this could make the vehicle unstable.
  • Scrap cars, in particular, must not be stacked unless they are carried in a sided vehicle where the sides extend above the height of the load
  • However, vehicle sides alone may not be sufficient to stop items bouncing out. The load should be sheeted if lashings are not used
  • Remember that heavy loads can and do move and the weight of the load alone should never be relied on to hold the load in place.

DVSA Load Security Video

For further relevant published guidance (HSE and Partnership publications) go to:

DVSA load securing guidance

DfT Code of Practice Safety of Loads on Vehicles

To see the advisory note: Notification of Waste and Recycling incidents – Rollovers – June 2020


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.