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Immediately after the earthquake, JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford donated two JCB 3CX backhoe loaders worth $150,000 to help with the relief effort. HAITI
JCB aids cleanup and reconstruction

A small fleet of JCB machines is hard at work in making an important contribution to aid the recovery operation, by paving the way for rebuilding, in part of earthquake-devastated Haiti.

Two JCB excavators and a JCB wheeled loading shovel have been bought by the international charity Oxfam and donated to the not-for-profit organization Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR), which is clearing damaged houses and recycling the resulting debris in one of the poorest areas of the Caribbean island’s capital, Port Au Prince.

The machines are working in partnership, assisting in demolishing damaged properties and loading a crusher and screening plant. The resulting debris is then recycled and used in the reconstruction of buildings, roads and pavements. Even in devastation recycling has a vital role to play.

The order - which was won in the face of competition from other major global manufacturers – also included a HM1560Q Hammermaster breaker and a MP200U multi-processor attachment for use on the JS220XD and a JCB HM860Q Hammermaster breaker for the JS145W.
To ensure that the operators could maximize the efficiency and productivity of the machines, JCB provide on-site operator training.

     Oxfam’s Logistic Coordinator in Haiti, Hubert Ballaman, said: “The location where the JCB machines are working is in the town and often in-between houses and the decision on which houses are demolished is often down to local residents who request their plot to be cleared.

“This particular part of the project should see 162,000 tonnes of rubble cleared, allowing 16,200 people to be re-housed in 4,500 properties.

“The team is working in very difficult conditions; it’s busy, hot and dusty and controlling lots of curious passers-by can be an issue for the operators and residents.

The demolition and clear-up operation follows the earthquake on January 12, 2010 which measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale and killed around 230,000 people. More than a year on, 800,000 people are still living in camps.

     Immediately after the earthquake, JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford donated two JCB 3CX backhoe loaders worth $150,000 to help with the A small fleet of JCB machines is hard at work in making an important contribution to aid the recovery operation, by paving the way for rebuilding, in part of earthquake-devastated Haiti.relief effort.

They are currently working for a non-profit organization, ‘Food for the Poor’ and have so far been deployed to clear rubble, excavate sewage pits, dig out foundations, reconstruct walls as well as build schools and sanitation facilities.

The UN Development Programme estimates that 200,000 buildings collapsed in Port au Prince, creating up to 20 million m³ of rubble – only 20% of which has so far been cleared.

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