HSE report decreasing number of fatalities in waste industry

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There were seven fatal injuries in the waste sector in 2018/19

The number of fatalities in the waste and recycling industry has decreased in 2018/2019.

According to a new HSE report, there were seven fatal injuries in the sector, slightly less than the annual average over the past five years and a decrease from the 12 in 2017/18.

The waste and recycling sector has one of the worst rates of injury at 17 times as high as the average across all industries.

A total of 147 workers were killed at work in Great Britain 2018/19, an increase of six from the 141 fatalities from 2017/18.

England consistently had a lower injury rate than Scotland and Wales, yet this may not accurately reflect the varying workforce by sector in each nation.

Last year, HSE launched a new campaign of unexpected inspections of waste and recycling businesses after identifying it as a ‘priority sector’.

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.

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