HSE plans unannounced inspections of waste and recycling businesses

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Employees in the waste sector are more likely to suffer work-related illness than any other sector

Unannounced inspections of waste and recycling businesses by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will start next week, as part of a new nationwide campaign.

Health and safety standards will be reviewed as part of the new programme, which the HSE has launched after identifying the waste and recycling industry as a “priority sector”.

Made up of around 120,000 workers, the sector has a higher rate of workplace injury and work-related ill health than other sectors, with employees more likely to suffer work-related illness than any other sector.

In the last five years, there were 39 worker fatalities and 11 members of the public were killed as a result of the sector’s work.

The main causes of fatal injuries to workers are being struck by moving vehicles, coming into contact with moving machinery and being injured by something collapsing or overturning.

Rick Brunt, HSE’S head of waste and recycling, said: “HSE is calling on anyone working in the industry to take the time to refresh their knowledge of our advice and guidance, available for free on our website.

“Every worker has the right to return from work safe in the knowledge that their employer takes their health and safety seriously.”

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