Solid Waste Industry Experienced Unprecedented Increase in Fatal Incidents in January 2019

"The surge in fatal incidents involving solid waste personnel and vehicles in January is unprecedented in my 20-plus years in the industry and is unacceptable," said David Biderman, executive director and CEO of SWANA.

As of Jan. 22, at least 17 fatal incidents related to the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada have taken place in 2019. In response to this increase in fatalities, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has issued an urgent call for a renewed focus on safety.

"The surge in fatal incidents involving solid waste personnel and vehicles in January is unprecedented in my 20-plus years in the industry and is unacceptable," said David Biderman, executive director and CEO of SWANA. "Regardless of who was at fault, each incident is tragic, and we urge all solid waste employers and employees in the United States and Canada to review their safety procedures and operations, and commit to being safer in 2019."

There is no common factor for the cause of all of these fatal accidents, but according to SWANA, taking time to review safety essentials will likely help prevent future incidents. The organization calls for solid waste employers and workers in the United States and Canada to share the accident data and review their safety training and operations.

Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2017 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries identified 30 fatalities among refuse and recyclable material collectors, making it the occupation with the fifth-highest fatality rate in the United States.

In response to the 17 industry-related deaths within the first 22 days of 2019, SWANA said will continue to focus on expanding its safety program to raise awareness and move solid waste collection off of the list of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

More information on SWANA’s safety programs can be found here.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019

    Featuring:

    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
    • VISION PROTECTION
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
    • FIRE SAFETY
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue