A survey carried out by The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) shows that the leading names in the UK’s wood waste industry have spent around £10 million pounds on enhancing their sites’ safety measures over the past three years.
Amongst those who responded were WRA members Suez R&R UK, energy company RWE, Timberpak, Hadfield Wood Recyclers, Plevin and Countrystyle Recycling.
The WRA carried out the survey to gain an understanding of how the industry is developing, and in the face of recent stories regarding the industry’s health and safety performance, this is positive news. The investments have included the installation of water systems for suppression and fire protection, the installation of concrete blocks, increased storage facilities, heat detection systems and fire prevention equipment.
Andy Hill, Chair of the WRA, said the investment figure showed a true commitment by the industry’s biggest players, to ensure they led by example on the issue of health and safety and fire detection and prevention.
Andy said: “We are delighted to be able to report that the key businesses operating in the wood waste industry are investing heavily to protect their sites, their staff and the general public.
“There has been a lot of bad press recently about fires in the waste industry in general and we are currently awaiting the results of the Environment Agency’s Fire Prevention Plan guidance consultation.
“As a trade body who takes this issue very seriously we wanted to get a grasp on what work is being done in the wood recycling industry to address some of these key concerns. We know a number of smaller WRA members have also invested heavily in their sites and this is information we hope to be able to add to the bigger picture in the future.
“This is important information and with this investment will come knowledge and expertise that can be passed to other businesses operating in this sector. It also shows the scale of our industry as one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors.”