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Document ID (ISN)112336
CIS number 12-0293
Year 2009
Convention or series no. RR 701
Noble Denton BOMEL Limited, Health and Safety Executive
Title Update to mapping health and safety standards in the UK waste industry
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2009. viii, 72p. Illus. 9 ref.
Internet access Update_to_mapping_health_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract This report describes an update to a previous study on the nature of the United Kingdom waste industry and its safety and health standards. Employment figures were updated and it is estimated that around 176,000 workers were employed in waste and recycling services in 2005/06. This employment figure was combined with updated accident numbers to reveal that the overall accident rate for workers in the waste industry has been decreasing. High risk areas appeared to have remained relatively constant over a ten-year period. Industries providing general public services and sewage/refuse disposal remained significant. Handling sprains, trips and "struck-by" accidents were the most prolific types of accident. Occupations most likely to be involved in accidents were those related to refuse handling and driver jobs, and individuals were likely to have been collecting or handling refuse when they had the accident.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; sewage treatment; refuse collection; waste disposal; recycling of materials; occupational accidents; causes of accidents; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) drivers; sprains; public OSH institutions; falls on the level; striking against objects; report; statistical trends
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Water and sanitation services