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News round-up 2/7

Fewer die in industry; Inquest into man’s death in shredder; Chesterfield Biogas rebrands; Waste driver safety actions prevent death

Fewer die in industry

The Health and Safety Executive has released its annual statistics detailing workplace fatalities.

Five fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded – a rate of 4.31 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to an average of six deaths in the past five years and an increase from the four deaths recorded in 2013-14.

The provisional data for work-related fatal accidents shows little change from previous years, sustaining a trend that has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years.


Inquest into man’s death in shredder

An inquest has been told a man died in an industrial shredder at Mid UK Recycling’s plant in Lincolnshire in 2013.

Karlis Pavasars, 55, had to be identified by DNA from his toothbrush after he fell into the shredder.

His widow told the hearing in Lincoln he was experienced enough to know not to climb on the conveyor belt leading to the shredder.

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation after the death, which police said they were not treating as suspicious.

BBC News

Chesterfield Biogas rebrands

Systems upgrade provider Chesterfield Biogas has rebranded to Greenlane Biogas.

The rebrand is a result of the acquisition of the worldwide business of Greenlane Biogas by Pressure Technologies, the holding company of Chesterfield Biogas.

The acquisition includes Greenlane Biogas’ technologies, plants and services.

Press release

Waste driver saves sleeper

Dean Burns, a driver for B&M Waste Services’ (pictured) has been commended for averting a potential death after finding a homeless person sleeping in a waste container.

B&M said they work with Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, to prevent events such as this occurring.

Mick Ashall, Director at B&M said: “I would like to thank Dean for his rapid response. It is a lesson to all of us in the waste and recycling industry that people seeking refuge in containers is not just a winter issue.”

Press release

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