UROC member, O’Donovan Waste Disposal, which operates across the Greater London area, has introduced skip chain covers to its fleet of skip loaders, with a resultant 20% decibel reduction in operating noise levels – and causing less disturbance for the community.
The tough, woven canvas sleeves are fitted around the lifting chains to prevent the metal to metal clashing noise when loading, offloading and in transit. In decibel level tests at two metres away, the noise was found to have been reduced from 85db to 65db and this will enable the vehicles to operate for longer and within the guidelines proposed by Transport for London’s Retiming Deliveries Work Group.
Jacqueline O’Donovan, the company’s Managing Director, said, “We are conscious that noise levels of skip loader operation can be disruptive for local communities and we believe this is a great solution for all parties. Respecting the local community remains a priority for us, and this will help us further to maintain our exceptional customer service levels whist mitigating levels of noise pollution”.
Gloria Elliott, CEO, Noise Abatement Society, said, “Skip removal can have one of the noisiest environmental impacts on the community – so it is really heartening to see O’Donovan’s waste company introducing a measure to reduce the loud and intrusive noise of clanging metal skip chains. The Noise Abatement Society congratulates O’Donovan for taking responsible measures to improve the aural environment, a shining example for other waste companies to emulate”.
Sleeves as standard … further measures to come
UROC Affiliate member, Boughton Engineering, introduced noise reducing skip chain sleeves as standard equipment when it launched its Power-Reach skip loader range in 2013 – and the company is currently working on further measures to reduce operating noise. Group Sales and Marketing Director, Steve Price says, ”When we conducted our in-depth industry research programme we found an ambition amongst operators to mitigate the noise and intrusion caused by banging chains – so we responded and included them in the basic specification. Most other manufacturers offer them, but at an additional cost. We think it is a matter of best practice anyway – regardless of the new proposed guidelines from TfL and we welcome the industry leadership being shown by such companies as O’Donovan in introducing a simple but effective solution to the problem”.