SWANA Pushes to raise awareness of worker safety

August 13, 2019 2:23 PM | Philip Westmoreland (Administrator)

SWANA Records 30 Solid Waste Worker Fatalities in 2019

Pushes to raise awareness of worker safety with support of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week

Silver Spring, MD – August 13, 2019 – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has identified at least 30 solid waste worker fatalities in 2019 in the United States and Canada. These tragic deaths make it clear that more work remains to be done to improve industry safety and is why SWANA is supporting national Safe + Sound Week,August 12–18, 2019.

An average of more than four worker fatalities have occurred each month this year through July 31st. Collection remains the deadliest aspect of the job, with 19 people killed. Of those deaths, 31 percent were single vehicle crashes and 26 percent were the result of a worker being struck by their own vehicle.

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