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Waste Recycling Industries Encouraged to Clean Up with Health and Safety

Organisations and individuals who work in the waste and recycling sector have been warned to pay more attention to how they manage risk in the workplace or risk receiving a fine.

The HSE programme of proactive inspections will review the current health and safety standards in companies throughout the county and unannounced inspections were scheduled for October 2018.

05 November 2018

Organisations and individuals who work in the waste and recycling sector have been warned to pay more attention to how they manage risk in the workplace or risk receiving a fine.

The HSE programme of proactive inspections will review the current health and safety standards in companies throughout the county and unannounced inspections were scheduled for October 2018.

The waste and recycling sector make up around 120,000 workers nationally and has a higher rate of workplace injury and ill health than other sectors.

The main cause of fatal injuries within waste and recycling companies is being struck by moving vehicles or by individuals being struck my moving parts of machinery or injured by an object collapsing.

The HSE advise that such incidents can be prevented with effective risk management procedures. In 2016/17 there were 39 deaths to workers and 11 members of the public were killed within the sector as a result of workplace activities.

The inspection aims to ensure that measures are taken by those responsible for protecting the workers and employers against injury and risk of injury. Rick Brunt (Head of waste and recycling states ‘the waste and recycling industry continues to have one of the poorest health and safety records. This inspection initiative will look at certain activities to ensure effective management and control risk.’

The HSE call from anyone working in the industry to refresh their knowledge of health and safety guidance that is relevant to the workplace and that health and safety is to be taken more seriously.

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