TERMS OF REFERENCE BETWEEN ROYAL MAIL NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION AND THE CWU ON A TRIAL OF CURTAIN SIDE VEHICLES ALTERNATIVE GROUND OPERATING SYSTEM (AGOS) AT NHC, YDC & BM VOCS

TERMS OF REFERENCE BETWEEN ROYAL MAIL NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION AND THE CWU ON A TRIAL OF CURTAIN SIDE VEHICLES ALTERNATIVE GROUND OPERATING SYSTEM (AGOS) AT NHC, YDC & BM VOCS

Branches and representatives are informed that further to discussions that had taken place with the Health & Safety Department the business recently approached the department in relation to deploying changes to the process for loading curtain side vehicles, due to working at height risks associated to these vehicles.

These risks present an industry wide challenge, are not unique to Royal Mail and involve drivers standing on the exposed rear of trailers while cages are loaded by forklift. The process also requires drivers to secure the load with straps while standing within the trailer bed, leading to an increased risk of falls occurring.

Drivers could spend 30 minutes working close to the trailer edge, with the risk of falling a considerable distance. Following an accident and a review of the working at height risks, Royal Mail identified that the current method of loading and securing the load on curtain side vehicles did not meet the working at height legislation and could be improved.

Subsequent to the conclusion of their discussions with the H&S department in respect of a new process, equipment and revised SSoW, it was jointly agreed between the department and the business that that the proposed changes would require trial activity in an operational setting.

The department have therefore been engaged in discussions with the business in relation to a Terms of Reference between Royal Mail National Distribution and the CWU on a Trial of Curtain Side Vehicles Alternative Ground Operating System (AGOS) AT NHC, YDC & BM VOCS. A copy of the document, which has been endorsed by the Postal Executive, is attached for information.

Branches and representatives will note that the trial will be overseen by the Network Working Group, with all of the normal protections in relation to full involvement of the CWU in the activity have been achieved, with any further deployment of the process and equipment being subject to agreement at National level.

Colleagues are asked to note that the attached TOR also makes reference to the installation of equipment on vehicles at sites not included in the trial activity. Where this occurs the straps will be fitted but not used until the trial is completed, reviewed and agreement is made to deploy.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: dwyatt@cwu.orgquoting reference: 014.14.

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson

Assistant Secretary

LTB 130/21

Attachment 1 – TOR Alternative Ground Operating System for Curtain Side Trailers AGOS 29.03.21

Appendix A – SSoW Alternative Ground Operating System (AGOS) Curtainside Vehicle Use

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