Health and safety statistics published this month by HSE shows that injuries in the waste management industry have increased on the year before. A (provisional) 2015/16 RIDDOR injury rate of 1,854 represents a 6.3% increase on 2014/15.
However, what is perhaps masked by HSE’s headline data, according to the ESA, is the wide variation in performance that exists within the industry, with ESA members achieving a 32% injury reduction, it says.
“While there is certainly no room for one-upmanship when it comes to health and safety, it is nonetheless important to help shed light on the variation in performance that exists within our industry.”
A report published by ESA earlier in the year set out ESA’s approach to reducing harm, and key sections of this report have been revised in a data update to include ESA and HSE’s most recent data. This shows that ESA’s RIDDOR injury rate of 628 is nearly three times lower than that of the wider waste industry and that the 67.5% reduction in injuries achieved by ESA members since 2009 has not been mirrored by the waste industry as a whole (a 17.5% reduction).
ESA’s Policy Advisor, Stephen Freeland said: “While there is certainly no room for one-upmanship when it comes to health and safety, it is nonetheless important to help shed light on the variation in performance that exists within our industry.
“We hope that our report and data update will allow for resources to be better targeted on those areas which can bring about most meaningful improvement in the industry’s overall performance.
“Going forward, ESA will continue to work to ensure that ‘lessons learnt’ and best practice is disseminated for the benefit of all.”