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Waste & Recycling July 11, 2018 01:30:27 PM

HSE Reports Alarming Rise in Waste & Recycling Sector Fatality Rate

Paul Ploumis
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According to the report, a total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain during the previous year.
HSE Reports Alarming Rise in Waste & Recycling Sector Fatality Rate

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its Annual Report on workplace fatalities for the one-year period ended March this year. The report titled “Workplace Fatal Injuries in Great Britain 2018” notes that waste & recycling industry had the worst fatality rate during the previous year. The HSE report that provides headline numbers on workplace fatal injuries includes both fatal injuries to workers and to members of the public.

According to the report, a total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain during the previous year. This represents an increase of 9 fatalities from the year prior to that. In terms of absolute count of fatalities, construction and agriculture sectors reported the greatest number of fatalities-38 and 29 respectively. The waste and recycling sector fatalities totaled 12, significantly higher when compared with the five-year average of 8.

In terms of number of fatalities per 100,000 workers employed, waste and recycling sector recorded a rate of 10.26, which is substantially higher than the five-year average of 7.22. The sector’s fatality rate was 16 times higher than the average across all industries. Agriculture too reported dismal figures with rate of injury at almost 18 times than the average reported by all industries.

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Nearly 75% of all fatal injuries were accounted by five accident kinds- falls from a height, struck by moving vehicle, struck by moving object, trapped by something collapsing or overturning and contact with moving machinery. 35 fatal injuries to workers were due to falls from a height, as compared with 27 during the year before that.

The HSE report identifies that fatal injuries to workers were predominantly to male workers, who accounted for 96% of all worker fatalities. In terms of age, nearly 40% of fatal injuries were to workers aged 60 and above. The report notes that the proportion of fatal injuries to older workers has increased steadily over the recent years. Also, a total of 100 members of public were killed as a result of work-related accidents.

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