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Waste and Recycling 


January 2012

Welcome to the HSE Waste and Recycling eBulletin

This is the latest ebulletin from the Waste and Recycling Team

Waste plant  

In-year fatalities rise sharply

There have been six deaths associated with W&R activities since April 2011, with four of these occuring since the beginning of December.  These incidents serve as a stark reminder of the risks and challenges facing a diverse industry.  We want to encourage employers to take this opportunity to review control measures, procedures and systems of work to ensure they remain effective and employees are properly trained and supervised.  Likewise individuals are reminded they have a personal responsibility to take care of themselves and others.  Details of in-year fatalities

RPE Selector Tool

The RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) Tool is now avaialble on the web.  This tool was created in consultation with HSE and stakeholders. RPE Selector Tool

Safety Alert - Mobile Crushing Plant

There is potential, on some mobile crushers, for unintended movement of a machine track if an earth/ground fault occurs because of damage to the outer sheath and insulation of the electrical cable that controls the proportional control value for the track.  Safety Alert

Recent Prosecutions

Industrial waste firm in court after forklift hits worker

A Trafford firm, which treats industrial waste has been fined £20,000, after one of its employees suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a forklift truck. Trafford firm fined £20,000

Catalogue of safety failings by Rotherham firm

A recycling company in Rotherham displayed "a blatant disregard" for the safety of 120 workers by failing to protect them properly against dangerous parts of cutting and crushing equipment. Recycling company fined £8,000

Exeter firm fined over worker's injury

A visiting worker suffered severe leg injuries when he was hit by a reversing telehandler vehicle at a waste transfer site near Exeter.  Exeter firm fined £4,500

Waste firm in court over Blackburn worker's fall

A waste collection firm has been prosecuted after poor safety measures led to a worker falling from the top of a truck in Blackburn. Waste collection firm fined £15,000





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