Waste and Recycling eBulletin - July 2015

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Waste and Recycling eBulletin

July 2015


Waste and Recycling eBulletin - July 2015

Welcome to this latest edition of the eBulletin from the Waste and Recycling (W&R) Team. This is a "bumper" summer edition as we cancelled publication of the April edition because of the pre-election period ("election purdah")


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In the News

HSE releases annual workplace fatality statistics

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces shows small change from previous years, sustaining a long term trend that has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years. Information on rates and numbers across different industries such as W&R are included.

Publication of HSE Annual report and accounts 2014/15

The HSE Annual Report and Accounts summarises our performance during 2014/15.

RWM Exhibition 15-17 September 2015

HSE will be attending the exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. Come and meet the team at Stand no 4K32.

New telephone number for reporting RIDDORs

HSE has introduced an alternative 0345 phone number to report fatal and specified injuries, helping to cut the cost of telephone calls for the public.  The new number for the RIDDOR Incident Contact Centre is 0345 300 9923.

Free-to-download Safety Wizard app

A free-to-download health and safety app to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) manage common workplace risks is available. TheSME Safety Wizard app is structured around HSE’s Toolbox guidance.

Recent Prosecutions

Dorset businesses fined for safety failings

Two Dorset companies fined after an employee was injured by an industrial vacuum at a waste treatment and energy recovery site in Bristol.

Company in court after worker is struck by a washing machine

A Lincolnshire recycling firm prosecuted for safety failings after a worker was left with a broken back when he was struck by a washing machine which fell from a grabber.

Lake District council prosecuted over bin lorry deaths

A council in the Lake District fined £120,000 after two women were killed by reversing rubbish trucks within a year of each other.

Farm worker’s death leads to prosecution over exposure to toxic gases

A Dorset farm owner and his two businesses fined for serious safety failings after a 29 year-old worker died following exposure to toxic gases.

Waste company in court over worker’s death

A waste management company ordered to pay a total of £265,000, for safety failings after a worker was killed when he was struck by a vehicle at a Watford waste transfer station.

Waste recycling firm prosecuted over worker’s crush injuries

A waste recycling firm fined after a Leicester worker suffered severe crush injuries in an unsafe machine.

Recycling firm sentenced over worker’s severed hands

A recycling firm in Southampton sentenced for serious safety breaches after a worker had both hands severed while cutting metal strips on an industrial baler. 

Staffordshire waste firm fined after worker suffered life changing injuries in fall

Waste and recycling services company prosecuted after a worker suffered life changing injuries when he fell more than 8 feet from height.

Docks recycling company fined for unsuitable machine guarding

Recycling company prosecuted after a worker sustained arm injuries whilst working on a baler machine.

Liverpool Skip Hire firm fined over fork lift truck injuries

Liverpool skip hire firm and Director sentenced for safety breaches after worker struck by a reversing fork lift truck and dragged under a rear wheel whilst he was picking through waste materials.

Paper shredding company fined after worker suffers severe hand injuries

Paper shredding company sentenced for safety failings after new employee was injured by a shredding machine.

South Yorkshire recycling firm prosecuted over young worker’s injury

A Rotherham recycling firm sentenced over serious safety dangers after a 25-year-old worker had his arm broken in three places when it was drawn into unguarded machinery.

Recycling company sentenced over worker injury

A company specialising in the recycling of waste plastic prosecuted after a worker was injured when he fell from an industrial sized waste bin. 

Death of young worker leads to court for recycling company

A recycling company in South Devon sentenced for serious safety breaches after a worker was killed after likely being thrown from a six-tonne dumper truck. 





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