Safety features help earn site dumper award win

Paul Williams

JCB is celebrating after the safety benefits of the manufacturer’s smallest site dumper were honoured at the Hire Awards of Excellence 2021.

The JCB 1T-2 site dumper was crowned Hire Industry Product of the Year. The award has been presented to JCB and Travis Perkins, which has purchased 200 of the machines complete with a host of safety innovations designed and developed by the two companies.

Paul Williams, JCB general manager – national accounts, said, “We are delighted that our joint efforts to take safety to the highest possible level has been recognised by one of the top awards in the rental sector.”

Yas Swindell, Travis Perkins tool hire fleet director, added, “We are pleased that our joint venture has been recognised in such prestigious national awards; it proves that working together to continuously improve safety has tangible benefits to our customers.”

The EU Stage V compliant 1.0-tonne site dumpers were supplied to Travis Perkins by dealer Watling JCB and are equipped with a drive inhibit system, which JCB explained prevents travel unless the seatbelt is in use, and an initial movement alarm, that provides an audible warning before forward or reverse travel.

Other features include the Smart Safety pack, complete with an intelligent tilt warning system using technology from JCB’s Loadall telehandler range. It is designed to sound an alarm when the skip is raised with the dumper sitting on dangerously uneven ground. It also shows the operator when they are driving on uneven ground that could pose a risk of overturning.

A further safety aspect is the option to specify the machine with a wider track for additional stability. This uses an increase in wheel offset to raise the width of the machine from 850mm to 988mm.