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Campaign's bloody images

By Paul Sanderson

Gory and hard-hitting posters are to be used by waste management company Onyx to remind its staff of their health and safety obligations.

The posters are part of a campaign entitled Work Smart Stay Safe, that remind Onyx workers of the real dangers of waste collection.

The nine posters include images of a worker trapped under a vehicle (pictured), an X-ray showing broken bones and a picture of somebody being taken away in a body bag after a fall.

Onyx chief executive Cyrille du Peloux said: The health and safety of all employees is without doubt the single most important issue for our operation.

It is necessary that we adopt the most stringent standards to ensure the safety of our workforce is never placed at risk. Safe work practices need to become second nature for all Onyx employees.

The poster images were deliberately designed to be hard-hitting and shocking, with blood and gore prominent in many of the posters to demonstrate the reality of riding on the outside of vehicles, and not wearing high visibility clothing or hard hats when required.

Onyx will also provide relevant training and divisional health and safety programmes for staff.

As MRW revealed last week, recycling has become the most dangerous industry to work in with the industrys accident rate rocketing to 797.7 per 100,000 employees in 2003/4.

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