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ESA amends Accident Reduction Charter

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has revised its Accident Reduction Charter as part of its drive to reducing accidents within the sector by 10% year on year until 2018.

The charter was first launched in 2004 and has been revised twice since then, with the ESA board monitoring its progress against objectives over that time.

Provisional data for 2013 shows that ESA members achieved a 7% reduction in accidents compared to the previous year. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive released last week showed that deaths in the waste and recycling sector reached their lowest figure in three years.

The average number of deaths in 2013/14 stood at 3.33 deaths per 100,000, down from the five-year average of 5.48.

Speaking on the revised ESA charter, the organisation’s director general Barry Dennis (pictured) said: “Over the 10 years since the launch of our first charter; and while both handling increasing volumes of materials, and expanding into more innovative ways of recycling and treating waste, ESA members have managed to reduce accidents by more than 65%.”

“Clearly, we have more to do to achieve our ambition of zero harm, but ESA Members are moving in the right direction. They have demonstrated to the wider sector that hard work and strong leadership can produce results.”

The amended charter can be viewed here.

Meanwhile, Leicestershire plastics recycling company Eurokey Recycling has been fined £9,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,880 after admitting two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The charges relate to an incident in 2013 when two contractors climbed into caged containers balanced on the prongs of forklift trucks.

After a repair job was completed, the cages holding Richard Norton and Craig Dunn fell to the ground. Dunn suffered torn muscles in his back and was unable to work for 12 weeks while Norton broke his right wrist and was signed off work for five month.

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