Members of the Waste Industry Safety and Health forum have pledged to reduce industry accidents by 10% over five years.
The waste industry has the unenviable reputation of having a fatal incident rate that is more than 10 times the national average and a reportable accident rate that is more than four times the national average.
Signatories of the five year charter hope to see these figures reduced a tough pledge given the expansion expected in the industry over the coming years.
Speaking at the charter signing, Health and Safety Executive chair Judith Hackitt said the pledges success would need leadership from the top and involvement from the workforce.
WISH chair and Cory Environmental director of risk management and compliance Chris Jones added: People in this room and elsewhere will believe that a 10% reduction is a challenging target but we need to be challenged and do the things that are hard. We are committing ourselves to towards helping peoples lives.
Members of the WISH forum have pledged to commit their organisations to:
-Reduce reportable accident rates by 10% per year over five years
-Reduce the number of working days lost owing to accidents and ill health
-Promote effective health and safety management
-Improve the health and safety climate and attitudes in the workforce
-Increase the level of competence