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Health & Safety Statistics

Health and safety remains a crucial issue for our industry and ESA is committed to our target of reducing accidents year on year by 10%.

Every year, ESA’s Members provide accident statistics which allows ESA to measure performance against the targets in our Accident Reduction Charter. Latest figures show that for 2014, ESA Members achieved an 11.7% accident reduction against the previous year.

In fact, since the launch of our Accident Reduction Charter in 2004, ESA Members have reduced accidents by nearly 80%.

RIDDOR Incidence Rate 2005-2014

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

RIDDOR rate

3183

2578

2428

2219

1928

1666

1327

1014

1041

919

Total over 3/7 day injuries*

951

861

782

686

590

523

456

288

321

262

Total Specified Injuries

77

72

81

91

90

73

83

96

89

57

Total Fatal Injuries

2

3

5

5

0

2

2

2

0

1

% change

-24%

-19%

-6%

-9%

-13%

-13%

-20%

-24%

+2%

-12%

 

*any work related injury which resulted in more than 3 days’ absence from work was traditionally recorded (and reported) as a RIDDOR injury. After 2012 the regulations changed, increasing the reporting threshold to 7 days absence from work. ESA’s data therefore reflects that change. 

RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, which puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible Person) to report serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).

While ESA recognises that much more needs to be done to achieve our ambition of Zero Harm, given the complex and labour intensive nature of recycling and waste recovery activities our Members’ reduction in injuries is clearly a significant achievement. Furthermore, ESA Members’ progress helps demonstrate the significant variation in performance within the waste management industry.
This can be shown in the next graph which compares ESA’s accident reduction against the waste management industry as a whole (as reported by HSE) since 2009/10.

 

NOTE: HSE reports accident data for fiscal years while ESA reports against calendar years.

The graph shows that ESA’s Members continue to out-perform the wider waste industry. ESA’s accident rate (total accidents per 100,000 employees) currently stands at 919 and is lower than the provisional 2014/15 accident rate of 1715 reported by HSE for the waste and recycling sector as a whole. Comparison of ESA’s data against HSE’s shows that the rate of injury reduction achieved by ESA Members since 2009 (52.3% reduction) has not been mirrored by the wider industry (23.7% reduction).

A key aim for ESA is to ensure that the success and momentum behind our efforts to reduce accidents is disseminated more widely across the entire industry, so that all may benefit from a reduction in injuries.