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Nine fatalities in eight weeks

HSE InfoLine : 01 March, 2006  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive has today issued a safety alert to the waste and recycling industry following nine reported fatalities in eight weeks. In seven instances, people were killed by being struck by a vehicle.
The Health and Safety Executive has today issued a safety alert to the waste and recycling industry following nine reported fatalities in eight weeks. In seven instances, people were killed by being struck by a vehicle.

Commenting on the figures, Paul Harvey, Principal Inspector of HSE's Waste and Recycling Section said: 'The tragedy of these incidents must act as a stimulus for the industry to review its procedures, making sure that vehicle risks are properly controlled. Wherever possible pedestrians and vehicles should be segregated, paying special attention to transfer stations and sorting areas. Street collection activities need to address the risks to collection staff and other road and pavement users.'

'Using reversing aids such as mirrors, CCTV, detectors and beacons do reduce the risks. In most public access areas you will usually need to provide reversing assistants, their job being to help the driver and prevent or warn pedestrians entering manoeuvring areas when the risks cannot be controlled adequately by other means.'

HSE has developed specific guidance with the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum, available from the HSE website at: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/web/wastetransport.pdf. HSE's workplace transport pages on the website also provide guidance in this area at: www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/index.htm.
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