Re: Peugeot Expert Van Seat Damage – Repair & Replacement – Plus Investigation into Handbrake Lever Impediment:
Further to previous reports to Regional Health and Safety Forums and Area Safety Representatives, the Health Safety and Environment Department has been investigating Peugeot Expert Van Seat Damage for some time, following a number of reports received from ASRs. We have also looked at seat damage to other vehicle types and in summary have focused on several issues to look at, predominantly with the above van type as follows:-
- The extent of the damage to vans across the country.
- Use of the PMT1 Fault Reporting process for these faults.
- Seat inspection, refurbishment, recovering and replacement.
- The impact of worn seats impeding the sufficient application of the handbrake.
- MSD effects of worn, collapsed and damaged seats.
The Health, Safety & Environment Department has been collating reports and photographs of the seat damage from ASRs from across the country, building up a sizeable library of information which has been presented for discussions with Royal Mail Group’s Head of Fleet Engineering and Fleet Technical Manager. I would like to thank all the ASRs that have inspected the van fleet in their units and provided feedback to the Health, Safety & Environment Department and would encourage all ASRs to carry out inspections of vans operating from units in their areas to see if damage exists. See attached gallery of a selection of photographs received from ASRs of vans based at a number of locations.
We are in agreement with Royal Mail Fleet that damaged seats should be repaired or replaced promptly and there are three options for repair, replacement of refurbishment, in the Royal Mail Fleet Workshops. These are:-
- The fitting of a new Foam Peugeot Parts Seat Base Foam and Cover Unit.
- Pattern made replacement parts from a supplier called “Seat Skins” who have a contract with Royal Mail Fleet.
- The fitting of loose fit seat covers which are currently fitted as standard on new vans entering RM service.
The Royal Mail Fleet Engineering National Fleet Technical Manager has confirmed that there are currently no shortages or problems with obtaining seat replacements or obtaining refurbishments or repairs as listed above.
All ASRs are requested to carry out Safety Inspection Spot Checks of vans in their constituent postcode areas and where faulty damaged seats are found, similar to the attached photos, or other damage, they should report the matter immediately to the DOM/PiC requesting the immediate submission of a PMT1 Fault Report. Driver Members should also be spoken to or the message communicated to them requesting that they submit PMT1 Fault Reports on vans with damaged seats.
The second matter under investigation is whether these excessively worn and damaged seats with overhanging seat fabric, combined with a collapsed, bulging seat base, do in any way impede the driver in sufficient application of the handbrake and in turn subsequently contribute to a van roll-away incident. This again has been subject to discussion with the Royal Mail Group Fleet Engineering National Fleet Technical Manager as well as the Royal Mail Group National Road Safety Manager.
A number of joint site visits are planned to take place, in order to investigate this, involving the Royal Mail Group Fleet Engineering National Fleet Technical Manager’s team and CWU ASRs. The first of these took place earlier this week and I’m pleased to report that the findings were that the damaged seats on several vans, were inspected by the RM Fleet Engineer, in the presence of the CWU ASR and the conclusion was that the handbrake lever action and its application on the vehicles with damaged seats, was not impeded or obstructed by the damaged seats. The several vans and seats examined are now in the process of being changed or repaired and re-covered as necessary. I have requested that further joint visits to RM Delivery Offices take place in conjunction with CWU ASRs to look at more vehicles in order to reach a definitive conclusion.
Further reports and updates will be published in due course. Any feedback or enquiries are welcomed. Please contact the Health, Safety & Environment Department at CWU/HQ.
- Peugeot Expert Van Seat Damage Examples Photos
- RM Van Seat Damage & Impact on Handbrake Application – RM Senior Fleet Engineer’s Report on High Wycombe North DO.
Note: For Reports on Handbrake Safety see:-
- LTB 025/19 – Royal Mail Group – Handbrake Safety and Avoiding Vehicle Roll Away Accidents: (RMG SHE Safety Alert – GP SA 2019 001 Vehicle Roll-Away): 17 January 2019
- LTB023/19 – Royal Mail Vehicle Fleet Handbrake Safety Developments: 16 January 2019
- LTB088/17 Royal Mail/CWU Quarterly Road Safety Week, 20-24 February 2017
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer