The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its latest Health and safety in the Waste sector in Great Britain report showing the there were six fatalities to workers in the waste sector over the period 2015/16.
This brings the figure up to thirty waste worker fatalities over the past five years.
The data also shows:
- over the five years to 2015/16 there were 12 fatal injuries to members of the public arising from work activities in the waste sector
- of the main industry sectors, only agriculture had a higher fatal injury rate over this period
- 5% of workers suffered an illness they believe to be work-related
- 5% of workers sustained a non-fatal workplace injury
- an annual average of between 23,000 and 132,000 working days lost due to workplace injury in the Waste sector
- an annual average of between 86,000 and 274,000 working days lost due to work- related illness in the waste sector
- provisional figures for 2015/16 show a total of 347 notices issued by HSE inspectors in the Waste sector: 271 improvement notices and 76 prohibitions – this figure is comparable to the 387 notices issued in 2014/15.
The waste sector accounts for around 0.4% of the jobs in Great Britain. The report considers the current health and safety situation for the waste sector, with a focus on the scale and profile of work-related illness and injury in workers in the sector.
The main source of data used within this report comes from the Labour Force Survey, a large scale, nationally representative survey of households. According to the HSE, this is the most comprehensive data source for both work-related illness and workplace injury.