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Tipping trailers restricted at Spicer Landfill

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For safety reasons, there are new restrictions in place for the use of tipping trailers at Spicer Landfill.

Landfill operators EnviroNZ have recently concluded an investigation into a serious accident at the landfill's refuse transfer pit (RTS) last year involving a tipping trailer.

For a tipping trailer to be operated, the safety barriers that stop people from falling into the RTS have to be opened. The accident occurred when a member of staff fell into the pit while helping unload a tipping trailer with the safety barriers open.

The investigation found that the practice of opening the RTS safety barriers to allow access for a tipping trailer was unsafe. As a result the tipping mechanism on tipping trailers will not be able to be used at the RTS. The trailer itself can still be used but must be unloaded manually, like a fixed trailer.

10 Apr 2024