Thursday 26 April 2018

'Our crews do a difficult job' - Bin company threatens to stop collections after series of attacks

Greyhound has asked for help from gardaí because of attacks

Ryan Nugent

A Dublin waste company is alleging its workers have been victims of a number of assaults and threats while collecting bins.

Greyhound Recycling has released CCTV footage captured by its waste collection trucks in areas of the city, and has said that it is considering suspending collections in some areas.

It said a spate of incidents had taken place in recent months and had asked for Garda help to protect staff.

A spokesman said there have been up to seven incidents of assaults on staff.

Greyhound's managing director John Brosnan said there had been a notable increase in incidents. The company reported each case to gardaí.

"Our crews are experiencing an increase in threatening behaviour," he said. "We have a duty of care to the health and safety of our employees.

"We have reported the incidents to gardaí and also hope for assistance from local representatives. However, we may be forced to consider suspending collections on some roads.

"We are calling on people to respect our crews while they do a difficult job."

A spokesman said CCTV footage showed men, women and children barricading the collection trucks from moving through certain parts of the city.

A Garda spokesman said the force did not comment on named individuals or companies.

It comes less than a month after a father-of-five was sentence to two years in prison for drunkenly assaulting a Greyhound staff member.

At the beginning of the month, John Morley (31), of Deanstown Drive, Finglas, Dublin, was jailed after he and two others assaulted a Greyhound worker when they came across a bin that had been blacklisted by the company for the non-payment of waste charges.

The incident took place at Virginia Park, on August 5, 2015.

The bin was removed from the truck by Greyhound staff after they noticed the charges had not been paid.

Three men came towards the bin crew complaining to the victim's co-worker that the bin was not being collected.

He intervened to explain the situation and the men began pushing the refuse collectors.

Two of the men began emptying the bin into the back of truck. One of the men held a cigarette lighter in his hand and asked the crew whether they wanted him to start a fire.

The court was told the victim managed to call gardaí before one of the men tried to punch him.

He avoided the blow but fell over and was on the ground being kicked by the men when officers arrived.

Morley told gardaí that he had been defending himself.

Last February, two co- accused received partially suspended three-year sentences for their roles in assaulting the bin man.

Irish Independent

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