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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a new waste and recycling team manager to work alongside Rick Brunt, the Head of Agriculture, Waste and Recycling sectors.

One of the first things she has done is remind the sector of the need to improve its fatal accident rate.

In statement released around a month after her appointment in April, Sian Clayton said that "the fatal injury rate in the waste sector is over 10 times greater than the rate across all industries and almost three times greater than the rate in the construction sector".

Even the most cursory look at the statistics reveals how much work needs to be done; between 2010 and 2015 there were 33 fatal accidents in waste and recycling, with many more workers suffering serious or catastrophic injuries.

"Working in partnership with industry and other regulators, such as through the effective WISH forum, is key to making improvements on these statistics," commented Clayton.

"Waste and recycling is a key sector for HSE and I am looking forward to leading the GB team, carrying on the good work that's already happening."

Clayton has more than 25 years experience of working for the HSE in South Wales as well as across the wider UK and has specialised in safety work in the waste and recycling management and agriculture industries. Chantal Nicholls, her predecessor, is reported to have returned to a more hands-on role.

There were five fatal accidents in waste and recycling in 2014/15 and each year 3% of workers in the sector sustain some form of workplace injury, while a further 5% also develop some form of occupational illness.

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