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Clinics to fight high industry accident rates

To raise awareness of the importance of good health and safety, the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) will hold special clinics at its conference in Paignton.

The clinic will be run in association with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environmental Services Agency. Visitors will be able to speak to experts as well as see demonstrations highlighting risks and how to avoid them.

CIWM deputy chief executive Chris Murphy said: The nature of our work in the waste industry means that there is a high chance of accidents occurring.

"We need to instil a culture change in the industry to help people identify, understand eliminate risks before they turn into accidents.

HSE figures show that accidents in the waste industry are nearly five times the national average rate, while fatal incidents are ten times the national average and major injury more than three times.

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