Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Deaths within waste and reycling industry triple over past year

The number of workplace deaths in the waste and recycling industry has tripled over the past year according to provisional data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Nine people were killed in the workplace from April 2010 to March 2011, compared to the previous year when three died.

It is a “serious cause for concern” says HSE head of waste and recycling Peter Woolgar. “The fact that nine people failed to come home safe and well from their jobs last year is a stark reminder to the industry that it still has a long way to go.

“The rate of injuries in the sector has consistently fallen in recent years but we need to see this improvement transferred to fatal injuries and sustained. Waste and recycling must learn from other higher-risk industries and not fall behind in managing workplace risks.”

The rate of fatal injury for 2010/11 is 8.7 per 100,000 workers. Over the past five years, the rate of fatal injury has stayed broadly the same at seven deaths per 100,000 workers.

Over the past five years:

2009/10 – 3 workers died

2008/09 – 10 workers died

2007/08 – 6 workers died

2006/07 – 7 workers died

2005/06 – 12 workers died

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.