Spot checks are to be performed on skip hire and waste transfer sites across Derbyshire by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents at work that occur.
From January 24th to 28th, HSE inspectors will visit the sites and raise awareness of the serious hazards and risks associated with waste transfer work.
These hazards include workplace transport, the operation of large machinery and the hand-sorting of waste in close proximity to large vehicles.
Leader of the initiative Edward Walker, HM inspector of health and safety in Derbyshire, said: "It is totally unacceptable that so many lives have been lost and continue to be put at risk on waste sites."
Back in November, Cardiff-based recycling firm Celsa Manufacturing (UK) was fined more than GBP 230,000 after a man was killed in an accident at work.
John Penhalagan, 44, died after he was struck by a 3.7-tonne crane hook on May 30th 2007.
Posted by Trevor Baker