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Industry bosses at safety summit

Waste leaders are to meet safety officials in a summit later to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in what is one of Britain’s most dangerous industries

Representatives of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) will meet the Health & Safety Executive and members of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH).

ESA chairman and Sita UK CEO, David Palmer-Jones, said injury statistics showed the sector’s stark record on health and safety.

There were 19 members of the public and 97 workers killed in the industry between 2004 and 2012. More than 3,700 employees were seriously injured over the same period.

Palmer Jones said: “We as the industry, both public and private sector, need to take stock and react appropriately to this challenge.

 “I can say that within ESA we have made progress in recent years. Working closely with the HSE and WISH, ESA members have collectively managed to reduce accident rates by 70% since 2004. This shows the pattern can be changed, though as ESA, we still have much to do.”

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