8 February 2006

Contractor dies after accident at Biffa waste site

Another fatal accident has hit the waste management sector with the the death of a contractor at a site in Hampshire.

A 52-year-old man from London, who has not yet been named by the authorities, was hit by a vehicle at the Eversley waste transfer station on Thursday February 2. The site, near Hartley-Wintney in the north of the county, is run by waste management company Biffa Waste Services.

The man received medical treatment at the scene and was later transferred to Frimley Green Hospital, but passed away in hospital at the weekend.

The incident was initially investigated by the police as well as the Health and Safety Executive, and is now being dealt with by the HSE alone.

A spokeswoman for the HSE confirmed: “A 52-year-old man from London was hit by a truck at a Biffa site and later died in hospital. The incident was jointly investigated by the police and the Health and Safety Executive and is now in the hands of the HSE.”

Responding to the incident, a spokesman for Biffa said: “Biffa would like to pass on its condolences to the family and colleagues of the contractor who has died following a fatal accident at the Eversley transfer station near Hartley-Wintney in Hampshire on Thursday 2nd February 2006.

“The contractor was involved in an accident at the transfer station and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being transferred to the Frimley Green Hospital. Biffa is currently co-operating with both the police and the Health and Safety Exectutive,” the Biffa spokesman added.

Related links:

HSE: Waste management

Research carried out for the HSE two years ago suggested that in 2001/02, the number of fatal incidents within the waste industry was 10 times the national average for all industry sectors. The accident rate was four times the national average.

The incident at the Hampshire site came just a few days after a council worker was killed in Northumberland, in an incident involving a refuse collection vehicle (see letsrecycle.com story).

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