A leading road safety barrier manufacturer is protecting its employees as well as the planet, thanks to the introduction of a new welfare van which is supported by solar power.

Hardstaff Barriers, which manufactures and supplies vehicle restraint systems (VRS), has installed a solar panel to the new vehicle, allowing the batteries to be charged via renewable energy, without the need to keep the engine running.

The van provides a hot water dispenser, microwave, hand wash facilities, heating, fridge and lighting, ensuring that staff are comfortable throughout their shift.

The Nottinghamshire company introduced the new vehicle to support the mental and physical wellbeing of its employees, while protecting the environment in the process.

In addition, noise pollution is reduced, fuel is saved and adequate power is retained for the vehicle to start and operate effectively.

Wes Baker, Fleet and Operational Support Manager at Hardstaff Barriers, said: “We are really pleased with our new vehicle. Not only does it ensure that our team is cared for while they spend long hours at barrier installation sites, but it does all this without damaging the environment.”