According to a recent report from the HSE there were 14 reported, fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector in 2016/17 which is almost double the annual average and as such, places the sector higher up the HSE's agenda.
This week, the HSE will begin a series of unannounced inspections of waste and recycling businesses, as part of a new national campaign to increase safety awareness across the industry.
The waste sector employs around 120,000 workers and the main causes of injury is due to employees being struck by vehicles, coming into contact with moving machinery or being hurt by falling or collapsing objects.
There are also an alarming number of fires which break-out at waste and recycling plants. The Guardian reported in July this year that "there were on average more than 300 fires per year at waste and recycling plants in the UK between 2001 and 2013." This is not to say that plants are run badly, however the appropriate safety precautions and procedures need to be in-place to protect the safety of employees.
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