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Deaths in waste industry prompt Safety Summit in NSW

Recent deaths in the waste industry in Australia have prompted a Safety Summit to be held in NSW in a bid to avoid more deaths.

In May, two men were trapped under landfill during a worksite accident in Sydney, resulting in one man dying and the other sustaining serious injuries.

The men were reportedly hit by a heavy vehicle transporting landfill waste in Eastern Creek.

In the same month, a man died suddenly after completing work at sewage spill at Sydney Olympic Park.

SafeWork NSW confirmed it was investigating the incident.

Incidents such as these have prompted the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA), with SafeWork NSW, to hold a Safety Summit.

The summit will cover topics such as managing workplace health and safety at landfills and transfer stations, and a discussion on the scope of the problem.

Speakers will also discuss past interventions and managing risks.

WCRA executive director, Tony Khoury, said workers in the waste and recycling industry are faced with a daily minefield of workplace health and safety issues, risks and hazards.

“Trucks, equipment, collection runs, tipping facilities, the variability of waste all present a risk to the workers in our industry.

“It should be the intention of every organisation that every worker, every day should have a safe day and that all work is undertaken in a safe and professional manner, without any risk of accidents or incidents.”

He said the Safety Summit will allow participants to jointly explore ways to make the industry a safer place to work.

The event will be held in Lidcombe on August 8.