Yorkshire recycling specialist maintains safety top spot

Yorkshire recycling specialist maintains safety top spot

Recycling specialist Riverside Waste Machinery has once again secured the prestigious SafeContractor accreditation, for its commitment to health and safety excellence.

The North Yorkshire headquartered business was first awarded the recognition in summer 2015, following a rigorous audit of the team’s safety protocol. But 12 months on the company has proved its quality control mechanisms ensure consistently high standards, with Riverside maintaining its SafeContractor membership for a second year.

Supplying waste balers weighing up to almost eight tonnes, and with a press force of up to 70 tonnes, Riverside operates in what has the potential to be a very high hazard sector. But with well-established health and safety policies, method statements and risk management procedures – not to mention continued training for the entire workforce – Riverside upholds a consistently faultless incident and injury free record.

It took a rigorous six week process to achieve the accreditation the first time around, and the company’s procedures have come under similar scrutiny on this second occasion.

Commenting on the accolade, Riverside Waste Machinery’s managing director Jonathan Oldfield said: “This renowned third party accreditation scheme puts UK contractors through their paces, ensuring they can demonstrate maximum competency and compliance when it comes to the safety of even the most complex projects. It therefore gives potential customers the peace of mind that their contracts will be in reliable hands.

“Of course, this independent seal of approval has helped us secure business with new clients large and small. But SafeContractor isn’t just a catalyst for company growth – above everything it ensures we keep our employees, partners, clients and wider site stakeholders safe, whether we’re working in a heavy industrial environment, a fast-paced hospital building or a hectic logistics hub.”

Sharing his thoughts at the time of Riverside’s initial success, John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor expands: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.


“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Riverside has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.”