O’Donovan reduces noise levels by 20% with skip chain covers - UPDATED10 May 2017

London construction and demolition waste management firm O’Donovan Waste Disposal has introduced skip chain covers to its fleet of skip lorries, resulting in a 20% decibel reduction in noise levels.

A regular skip lorry creates, on average, noise levels reaching 85db, while the same vehicle with chain covers – made from woven canvas – has been recorded at just 65db, from 2m away.

Introduced by MD Jacqueline O’Donovan at TfL’s Retiming Deliveries Work Group, the simple, cost-effective solution is being rolled out across all its skip lorries.

On the innovation, Jacqueline O’Donovan, commented: “While it’s vital that we maintain our exceptional customer service levels, respecting the local community remains a priority for us. We are conscious that noise levels can disrupt local communities and we believe this is a great solution for all parties.”

Gloria Elliott, CEO, Noise Abatement Society, said: “Skip removal can have one of the noisiest environmental impacts on the community – so it is really heartening to see O’Donovan’s waste company introducing a measure to reduce the loud and intrusive noise of clanging metal skip chains.

UPDATED 11 March to add:

O'Donovan used wear sleeves originally made for lifting rigging as chain covers; the supplier was Total Rope Solutions of Stalybridge.

William Dalrymple

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