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SWANA reports big increase in worker fatalities in 2018

At least 59 solid waste industry workers died on the job in 2018 in the United States and Canada, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), an increase of 19 fatalities from the previous year. Fifty-seven of these fatalities took place in the United States, and 71 percent of them occurred during waste or recycling collection.

Bringing Safety to the Forefront

Refuse and recyclable material collectors rank fifth on the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of most dangerous jobs. In 2017, the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries identified 30 fatalities among these collectors. This year, in January alone, 17 fatal incidents have occurred in the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada, with two taking place in New York.

New safety stickers part of SWANA collaboration with BrandArmor for Slow Down to Get Around

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is collaborating with BrandArmor to provide an important new safety decal for the back of waste and recycling collection trucks.  BrandArmor has created large, SafetyFirst™ Prismatic Reflective caution decals, which include the familiar warning to Slow Down to Get Around. The reflective decals will be visible up to a distance of 1,800 feet at night. 

SWANA announces 2019 award winners

The Technical Divisions of the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) have voted to recognize two outstanding members and a company for achievement, volunteer efforts and leadership in 2019.  Distinguished Individual Achievement Awards are being presented to Michelle Leonard and Ivan Cooper.  Interior Removal Specialists Inc. will receive the Sustainable Materials Management Award.

​Unprecedented surge in industry-related deaths so far in 2019, according to SWANA

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is calling for a renewed focus on safety in response to an unprecedented uptick in fatalities in 2019, to date. At least 17 fatal incidents have occurred relating to the solid waste industry in the United States and Canada so far this year, according to the organization, and although there is no common denominator for the cause of all the accidents, it is clear that reviewing safety fundamentals now will likely help prevent future incidents.

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