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Further tragedy as worker is killed by reversing earth-mover

By John McKenna

An horrific accident at a recycling plant in Scotland resulted in the death of one of its workers this week.

The 54-year-old man was killed when a large earth-moving machine reversed over him at the site in Angus.

The incident again highlights the waste management and recycling sectors terrible health and safety record, which is the worst in the UK.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, the industrys rate of death per 100,000 workers was 40 times the national average in 2002/3.

The figure of 27.1 deaths per 100,000 workers was significantly higher than the next worst industry coal lignite mining and peat extraction at 12.33.

The latest tragedy took place at the Petterden Recycling Centre, a waste transfer and recycling site run by DJ Laing.

The site processes waste for recycling and landfill from a fleet of vehicles on daily waste collection services from commercial, domestic and industrial contracts throughout Angus, Tayside and Fife.

The driver of the industrial vehicle responsible was taken to nearby Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he was treated for shock.

The victim of the accident has yet to be named, as officers from Tayside Police were still in the process of notifying the next of kin at the time of going to press. Details will not be released until a formal identification has taken place.

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