Latest provisional HSE results show fatalities in Waste and Resources sector still high

The HSE has released its latest provisional statistics on fatalities across all industries for the period March 2017 to April 2018.. The Waste and resources sector has a fatality rate that is 16 times higher than the National average across other industry sectors.

There were 12 deaths in the waste sector between April 2017 and March 2018, a decrease from the 14 in the previous 12 months. The most common cause of accidents within all the sectors was workers falling from height and workers being struck by vehicles and moving objects. The biowaste sector is not singled out for reference in the report, but we are well aware of the respect that needs to be given to shredders, screens and loading shovels and this report just highlights the dangers faced in our industry.

Another interesting statistic was that In terms of age, nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 were to workers aged 60 and over, even though such workers made up only around 10% of the workforce.

The full report can be seen HERE The REA has run a number of H&S courses and we have another one booked for the 13-14th November, details will follow in due course but please let know if you are interested in reserving a place on this course, as places are limited.

Posted: 06.07.18

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