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