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Union Industries helps to support council services during coronavirus emergency with new PVC In-Vehicle Barriers

Union Industries, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of high-speed industrial doors, has helped Leeds City Council services by supplying the authority with PVC flexible barriers for some of its vehicle fleet.

The clear PVC barriers are being used in some vehicles such as refuse collection lorries as an additional precaution to enable operatives to social distance in the cab while undertaking essential municipal tasks such as refuse and recycling waste collections.

To date, from its factory in Hunslet, Union Industries has provided Leeds City Council with 65 barriers to fit Mercedes Benz waste trucks and 17 screens for Mitsubishi pick-up trucks.

In addition, the company has manufactured 11 barriers for Movano Passenger vans with a two-way divider system.

The barriers are being provided in response to the government’s social distancing measures, which came into force at the start of the UK’s lockdown. Though key workers are still going about their daily duties, social distancing must be adhered to wherever possible, making it more challenging for council personnel such as refuse collectors, to work near each other.

Andrew Lane, Managing Director of Union Industries, said: “We understand how difficult it must be for some key workers to ensure they’re adhering to new social distancing measures when going about their daily duties. When Leeds City Council approached us to help with their newfound challenges, we were delighted to develop and produce a solution. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all key workers for their service”.