Seven people were fatally injured in the UK waste and recycling industry in 2018/19, according to provisional statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last Wednesday (3 July).
Although this statistic was lower than last year’s 12 deaths, the waste industry remains one of the most dangerous sectors to work in. With a fatality rate of 6.05 deaths per 100,000 workers, the rate of fatal injury in the waste sector was 17 times higher than the industry average. This fatality rate was second only to the agriculture sector, which had a rate of fatal injury of 9.21 deaths per 100,000 workers, 18 times higher than the industry average.
The data showed that the UK has one of the lowest rates of fatal injury across the EU – 0.53 deaths per 100,000 workers against the EU average of 1.23 for 2016. In Italy, the rate of workplace fatal injuries was 0.91 per 100,000 workers.