OSS Sweeper Driver/Labourer (Nightshift)

  • Temporary
  • Belfast
  • £11.18phr

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BSNI is working with the Council to recruit OSS Sweeper Driver/Labourer (Nightshift).


£11.18phr  with allowances

Main purpose of job

To be responsible to the relevant line manager to provide a manual and mechanical cleansing service within the Open Spaces and Streetscene Section.  Drive and be responsible for the operation and maintenance of any allocated vehicle.  To assist with labouring duties as required.

To undertake, usually as part of a small team, manual and mechanical sweeping and collection of sweepers bags in such areas as roadsides, footpaths, alleyways, parks, entries, litter bins etc.

Summary of responsibilities and personal duties

1.           To report to and communicate daily with the relevant line manager for instructions and work schedules and rotas and to provide updates and information. Complete and collate any data and information (manual or computerised) and return all relevant paperwork as specified by management.

2.           To ensure all daily squad routes are followed, all litter on the route is collected to include the emptying of litter bins, removal of litter from below litter bins and park benches and manual sweeps where required.

3.           To transport members of staff to and from their place of work or routes etc from the area depot daily as required.

4.           To use and operate any equipment and associated materials as required such as bin lifts, tail lifts, weighing equipment, hand truck, strapping equipment, use these safely to perform the relevant function and ensure that they are in good condition at all times.

5.           To service free standing and pole mounted litterbins on route to the required standard.

6.           To assist non-drivers with associated labouring work, for example, digging, sweeping, lifting waste and other relevant duties as required.

7.           To drive and be responsible for allocated vehicle and any authorised passengers and ensure that the vehicle is not overloaded.  To safely manoeuvre the vehicle on a daily basis.

8.           To observe all driver daily checks, vehicle servicing and cleaning instructions that are issued and complete all duties involved.  This includes, but is not limited to, changing and adjusting brushes, cleaning and adjusting water jets, greasing as required.

9.       When driving a Precinct Sweeper, ensure the vehicle is filled up with water and any relevant chemicals as appropriate. Load the vehicle with waste, bags etc, remove bags and awkward household waste from passageways and entries etc., assisting labourers and other operatives with heavy items and other waste as appropriate.

10.        In the event of an accident, incident or breakdown, notify management and/or garage immediately, be responsible for arranging the necessary repairs and servicing to vehicles with the Fleet Management Unit, and when a vehicle is unavailable assist with labouring and other appropriate duties.

11.        When driving a mechanical sweeper be responsible for carrying out additional servicing/maintenance duties as required.

12.        To ensure that all work is carried out to the required service standards and identify risks in the course of their duty and take the necessary remedial action.

13.        To adhere to the appropriate driving guidelines, that is, driver’s handbook, driver’s daily checks, accident procedures and driver’s procedures.

14.        To ensure all Operator Licencing, Tachograph and Driver Regulations are complied with and that daily record sheets, for example, work records, fuel, mileage, defects, are recorded accurately and returned to the relevant manager in accordance with legislative requirements.

15.        To ensure all work is carried out in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, council regulations and safe systems of work, this is to include the wearing of appropriate protective and reflective clothing, safety footwear and other PPE; the safe lifting of heavy objects and ensuring the safety of the public and other council staff where appropriate.

16.        To communicate with and provide information, advice and guidance to the public and deal with queries and complaints as required on site.

17.        To use radio and other telecommunication facilities as required to ensure effective communication with other members of the team and line management.

18.        To report incidents on “unsupervised” sites to the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) and emergency services.

19.        To attend court as required in order to provide witness statements on behalf of the council.

20.        To undergo periodic training as and when required and assist in on-the-job coaching and training, for example, new employees, work placements, temporarily assigned apprentices etc.

21.        To participate in all induction and in-service training provided by Belfast City Council and in the induction and support of all newly appointed staff and other human resource management policies and procedures, as appropriate, including, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedure.

22.        To act in accordance with the council and departmental policies and procedures including customer care, equal opportunities, health and safety, safeguarding and any pertinent legislation.

23.        To undertake such other relevant duties as may from time to time be required.

24.        To undertake the duties in such a way as to enhance and protect the reputation and profile of Belfast City Council whilst adhering to the principle of high levels of customer care and customer focus.

Essential criteria


Driving licence and experience

Applicants must, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

(a)   possess a full, current Category C1 driving licence which enables them to drive in Northern Ireland;

(b)   have a valid Driver Qualification Card (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC); and

·        be able to demonstrate on the application form, by providing personal and specific examples, at least one year’s relevant experience in each of the following areas:

(c) driving in a commercial environment;

(d) cleaning an outdoor area, making sure tools and equipment are safely used in accordance with health and safety regulations; and

(e) dealing with members of the public, in person.

Eligible applicants will be required to undertake and pass a driving assessment which enables them to drive large vehicles associated with the Category C1 licence as part of the selection process.


Special skills and attributes

Applicants must be able to demonstrate, by providing personal and specific examples, that they possess the following special skills and attributes which may be tested at interview:

Communication skills:  The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, with team members and line managers.

Customer care skills:  The ability to deal effectively with both internal and external customers to create a good impression and enhance and protect the image of Belfast City Council.

Health and safety:  An understanding of basic health and safety responsibilities attached to the post to ensure the safety of other council employees and members of the public.

BSNI is acting as a recruitment business

For further information please contact Debbie on 02895219313

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