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Driver dies in accident at landfill site

A man has been killed at a landfill site in Cambridgeshire.

Waste Recycling Group, which operates the site, said in a statement: “WRG confirms that the driver of a contractor’s waste delivery vehicle died following an accident at the Company’s Milton Landfill Site in Cambridgeshire on Thursday afternoon, 5 January. 

“WRG is working with the relevant authorities, including the HSE, to investigate the incident. The Company has been in contact with the driver’s immediate family to express its deepest condolences.”

The Cambridge News named the deceased man and reported he was believed to have been crushed. An inquest was reported to have been opened and adjourned.

The incident comes days after waste industry leaders spoke out in defence of health and safety legislation following comments by the prime minister.

David Cameron said he wants to “kill off” the “health and safety monster”. But Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM, condemned Cameron’s comments.

Recent HSE figures show waste and recycling had one of the highest rates of fatal injuries in 2010/11 of any industry with 9 fatal accidents, a rate of 8.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.  

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