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Waste Workers Have 5th Most Dangerous Job

garbage collector Environmental LeaderThere were six fewer fatal occupational injuries in the solid waste injury in 2014 (27 fatalities) compared to 2013 (33 fatalities), Forester Daily News reports.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released preliminary findings from its 2014 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Data.

Refuse and recyclable materials collection is among the nation’s most deadly occupations, ranking fifth in terms of mortality rates. The Solid Waste Association of North America says it is working to improve safety for these workers.

Ten fatalities were recorded among recycling and waste workers in the UK between April 2012 and March 2013, up from five deaths recorded in 2011/2012, according to statistics from Health and Safety Executive, Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

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