Fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector 16 times higher than national average

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
There were 12 deaths in the waste industry between April 2017 and March 2018

Fatal injuries within the waste and recycling sector are 16 times higher than the national average.

According to provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the number of deaths in waste and recycling decreased slightly in 2017/18 yet the sector still has the highest fatal injury rate of all industry groups per 100,000 workers.

There were 12 deaths in the waste industry between April 2017 and March 2018, a decrease from the 14 in the previous 12 months.

Most common causes of fatal injuries across all sectors were workers falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object.

The news comes shortly after HSE revealed waste industry worker fatalities have doubled in the last five years.

A total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2017/18.

The HSE said that although this represents an increase of nine fatalities from 2016/17, “there has been a long-term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981 and the number has remained broadly level in recent years”.


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