Four workers in the waste and recycling sector died last year, the lowest number in three years, according to the latest provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
In 2013-14, the industry registered a “fatal injury” rate of 3.33 deaths per 100,000, down from a five-year average of 5.48.
Ten workers died in 2012/13, five and nine in the previous years.
The HSE noted that overall, the number of workers killed in the UK last year has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record, dropping to 0.44 per 100,000 workers from 0.51 in 2012-13.
Mike Penning, minister for health and safety, said: “Any death at work is a death too many. But these statistics show that workplaces are getting safer.”
Waste and recycling is traditionally the sector that registers the third highest number of death every year after construction and agriculture.