Health and safety under spotlight in waste sector

Posted on 5th December, 2016

Health and safety has continued to be a key focus in the waste and recycling sector – with latest figures suggesting that injuries to workers in the sector have remained static over the last 12 months.

The Health and Safety Executive has outlined the latest health-and-safety-picture-garysadata on safety across UK industries, with figures suggesting that the number of self-reported non-fatal injuries in the workplace stood at around 5,000 for 2015/16, similar to the number recorded in 2014/15.

The report also notes that the waste sector recorded a total of six worker fatalities in 2015/16 – up by one compared to the figures for 2014/15.

The data suggests that on average there have been 5.1 fatalities per 100,000 workers in the waste industry since 2011/12. Out of all the major industries in the UK, only agriculture recorded a higher fatal injury rate during this period.