Third Death Involving Refuse Vehicle In Two Weeks

waste-sector-deathsA 70-year-old man from Otley was pronounced dead at the scene of a road collision involving a refuse collection vehicle and another car, taking the death toll involving a refuse vehicle up to three in only two weeks.

Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the latest collision, which involved a refuse collection wagon and a car in the Harrogate area yesterday (19 April).

The driver of the car, a 70-year-old man from Otley, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the refuse collection vehicle and his passenger, both in their 20s, were airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with a serious arm and shoulder injuries.

The collision was reported at 8.55am and happened approximately two miles north of the Stonehouse Inn on the road between Blubberhouses and Greenhow Hill, north of Thruscross reservoir.

It involved the wagon, which was travelling south from the direction of Pateley Bridge, towards the Stonehouse Inn, and a Skoda Fabia travelling in the opposite direction.

This latest fatality brings the death toll involving a waste collection vehicle up to three in two weeks.

An 85 year old woman was killed following a collision with a refuse vehicle in Edinburgh on Sunday (17 April), while on 8 April a refuse collection worker was killed following a collision with his own vehicle in Daventry.

Waste Sector Deaths

Provisional figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in November last year revealed that over the period of five years there have been 33 worker fatalities in the waste sector.

The figures show that in the period of 2014/15 there were five fatal injuries to workers in waste and recycling. This is up by one compared to last year’s figures, but down compared to the five-year average (6).

Another six fatalities occurred to members of the public as a direct result of waste and recycling activities in this period.

Welfare Pledge

CIWM launched its Health and Safety Welfare Pledge in response to the waste and resource industry’s performance on health and safety being one of the worst in the UK and Ireland.

One of CIWM’s objectives is to raise awareness and promote actions about the health, safety and welfare issues faced by our industry every day.

The law requires organisations with more than 5 employees to have health & safety management policies.

CIWM is asking you and your organisation to do a little bit extra and go above and beyond the law by striving to make your place of work healthier and safer.

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For information on CIWM’s Health Safety and Welfare Pledge CLICK HERE 

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