Slight drop in waste industry injury rates

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced a slight drop in the level of fatalities and injuries in the waste and recycling sector, during the period 2009/10.

Over this period, 530 major injuries- such as broken bones and amputations- were recorded, a 10% decrease from the previous year.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Seven fatalities were recorded, including four employees and three members of the public, falling well below the 12-16 fatalities usually recorded in the sector every year.

However, injuries that kept employees from work for three days or more fell only marginally, from 2,225 to 2,151.

Geoff Cox, head of manufacturing at the HSE, said: “We are encouraged by fewer deaths and injuries in waste and recycling, but the injury rate, which is stubbornly consistent with that of the previous year, paints a stark picture of how much more needs to be done.”

Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, understands that ensuring the health and safety of its employees is vitally important in such a potentially dangerous sector as waste and recycling.

Employees are provided with all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whilst a clear chain of responsibility for health and safety issues runs from the CEO down to line managers and employees.

Recycling Lives also understands how important information and training can be to ensuring health and safety.

All employees undertake a mandatory certified Health and Safety and Manual Handling course, whilst plant and machinery operatives are now being trained to ITSSAR standard through our own training department. Further training and information is available to employees on request.

Recycling Lives Health and Safety Manager, Tom Carysforth-Nadin, said: “Recycling Lives is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees, and makes all possible provisions to ensure safe working practices.”

“Whilst these figures show a decrease in the number of injuries and fatalities, it is important that we continue to work towards the aim of eradicating such accidents in our industry.”