HSE confirms new guidance for waste management firms
Waste management companies have been given new guidance to avoid injuring or killing individuals who shelter in bins.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that since May 2009, three people have been found dead at waste depots when collection vehicles were unloaded.
As a result, the body has joined forces with the Waste Industry Safety and Health (Wish) forum to produce simple, common sense measures to avoid such incidents occurring again.
The document covers advice on risk assessments, the checking of bins, how to act when finding a person in a bin and examples of good practice by companies in this area.
"These deaths and near misses most often involve those who are vulnerable either through drink or through seeking shelter," said Geoff Cox, head of waste management and the recycling sector at the HSE.
"Those who produce the waste, are responsible for storing it or collecting it all have an essential role to play in reducing the likelihood of any further tragic deaths."
The Wish forum has members from a number of prominent bodies, such as the Environment Agency and the Trades Union Congress.
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