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Waste and Recycling is a High Risk Industry

Graham Marshall - Saturday, June 08, 2013

In the period between 2004 and 2012, the UK HSE investigated the deaths of 97 workers and 19 members of the public, and received reports of 3,722 employees suffering major injuries – in waste and recycling activities.

This makes the waste and recycling sector one of Britain's most dangerous industries.

In response, the waste and recycling industry has been published a five-point plan for reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in the sector.

The Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum has outlined 24 immediate action points under five strategic themes.

These themes include providing strong leadership, involving the workforce, building competence, creating healthier and safer workplaces, and providing support for small and medium sized employers.

Key initiatives include the industry developing its own leadership standards, publishing new training materials on successful worker involvement, and work with customers to use their leverage to promote improved competence.

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