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Binmen suspended after car accident
9:46am Wednesday 25th July 2012 in News
A GROUP of refuse collectors in York have been suspended on full pay following an accident on their rounds.
City of York Council has launched an investigation into the incident.
Roger Ranson, the council’s assistant director of highways’ fleet and waste, said: “An incident took place last month involving a waste collection vehicle.
Although details cannot be released as the investigation is still in progress, initial findings into the incident resulted in members of staff being suspended from their duties.
“Suspension is on full pay in accordance with council procedures. The investigation is expected to be concluded this month.”
The incident came to light when a reader on The Press website mentioned it in the comments section of yesterday’s article about proposals to charge extra for green waste collections.
He wrote: “Here’s an example of how this department are saving money. A friend of mine is a bin man, his lorry reversed into a car (he wasn’t driving). The result is the three-man team are suspended (on full pay) while the council investigate the matter. Apparently this is council policy. I accept the driver should be suspended but why suspend the two blokes who were working with him?”