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Waste management has long had one of the worst workplace accident records of all industries in Scotland and the wider UK.

As such, work injury solicitors and other interested parties have welcomed the launch of a new safety competency framework for the industry – with the event taking place in Glasgow on Wednesday 17 February.

Even in today's climate of improved health and safety standards, the most recent Health and Safety Executive statistics show that in 2014/2015 five waste management workers sustained fatal injuries in workplace accidents. Interestingly, for all the particular hazards inherent in the industry, the majority of injuries are caused by slips and trips, manual handling and incidents involving moving objects.

The framework, which has been developed by the Scottish Waste Industry Training Competency and Health and Safety Forum (SWITCH), looks to target all workers in the commercial, industrial and residential waste management industries, with especial focus on entry level workers. It aims to help ensure that more employees in the industry have a core level of safety competency.

"There are still many hazards and risks associated with the resource management and recycling industry, and health and safety must remain the utmost priority," commented Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management at Zero Waste Scotland.

"With the introduction of the new framework we hope that we can raise Health and Safety standards and start to enhance knowledge, skills and behaviours and improve the industry's health and safety record."


If you have suffered injury in a workplace accident in Scotland and would like information and advice regarding your legal rights, including how you may be able to proceed with a No Win No Fee compensation claim, call our personal injury lawyers today on 0800 0891331.

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