Nine deaths in waste and recycling industry in Summer 2012…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to companies in the waste and recycling industry urging them to pay close attention to worker safety after a significant number of deaths and injuries during the past summer.
A total of nine people died in separate incidents between June 2012 and September 2012 in the industry with half of these fatalities occurring on skip hire and waste transfer premises.
HSE’s Operations Director and lead for HSE’s waste and recycling strategy, Heather Bryant said:
“These fatal accidents should be a stark reminder for all employers in this sector to check their controls on use of vehicles and equipment, and to make sure that staff are properly trained and supervised.
“We will not hesitate to take action if we find evidence that lives are being put at risk.
“There is no room for complacency in this sector – close attention must be given to equipment like compactors and skip vehicles.”
The trend towards environmental awareness across the UK business sector is steadily growing but the HSE advises that there needs to be more focus on the specific safety protocols in this industry to prevent further accidents and deaths.
HSE inspectors are currently investigating the nine fatalities that occurred in the industry in recent months and further information will be provided on these incidents once investigations have been concluded.
The HSE plan to be present at the waste and recycling industry’s RWM 2012 Exhibition in September and will offer advice on tackling the causes of serious accidents across this high risk sector.
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