Wate Industry

UK Waste Handling Gov.UK stated that The UK generated 202.8 million tonnes of total waste in 2014. Over half of this, 59.4%, was generated by construction, demolition and excavation, with households responsible for a further 13.7%. The UK recycling rate for waste from households was 44.3 percent in 2015.

Injury Statistics within the Waste Industry

Waste on a micro level can be rather unbearable, the Guardian commented on the UK Litter problem saying, ‘Britain has the worst litter problem in the world’. Unsightly in built-up areas and cities such as London. Recent projects, such as the 2012 London Olympics, cultures and mentalities towards waste are becoming more apparent. Furthering opportunities to create a more efficient, less wasteful society and processes In which reducing injuries will be key. The Independent in May 2013, said ‘It wasn’t until the early 1980’s when the Green Movement came into the eyes of the public, and it took until 1995 for UK households to recycle 7.5%. The figure for the year 2012/2013 was 43% an astonishing increase and 44.3% in 2015. The UK’s waste handling industry are well on their way to hit the EU’s target for Britain, which is 50% by 2020… One of the key reasons is that Wales has taken waste handling matters into their own hands, and are pushing households to recycle more each year. This helps to keep the environment clean and economy by reusing waste and saving money on unearthing raw materials, creating a more efficient process. Which is one of the reasons why Wales has become a destination for those seeking a picturesque holiday.
Wait, doesn’t tourism benefit the financial economy on a macro level? And why stop there with efficiency, what aids can be provided to help with the processes involved within the UK waste handling process?

What this means for business

Effects on Business 

Cost cutting, efficiency and profit are essential aspects of all business’ in any society, exception being ‘not for profit’ organisations. One of the key ways employers are now looking to improve efficiency is by taking care of employees enduring manual handling jobs. It allows for a better working relationship and trust in employers by employees to keep them safe. Further benefits include increased productivity and efficiency within individuals when tackling other tasks. Keeping employees in work is also crucial on a financial level, as each employee injury costs money to the company. Costs for the injury include covering the work for the injured employee, as tasks cannot be fulfilled during the period of the injury and compensation.
As well as tackling the injuries companies, now more than ever, must now look after the waste they produce, with laws and legislation being created and updated each day. The cost of not correctly managing waste, will create an adverse effect on a company’s profit. This is due to new taxes and fines for incorrect storage and processing of waste within all industries, which is being done to create a ‘greener’ environment.

Effects on Employees

Injuries to employees are almost always inconvenient and frustrating. It will affect them financially, as they will be losing out on earning potentials, but also means that the employee will have to catch up at work, or ‘get back into the swing of things’ which will take some time before they hit the productivity prior to the injury. Dependent on the injury, it could be a long-term recovery process despite being allowed to work again as musco-skeletal injuries can take weeks if not months to recover. It also affects employees on an emotional level, as laying on a couch injured for a few days can become frustrating, and find themselves with nothing to do.
Benefits to employees for aiding the manual handling processes at work include a cleaner working environment and a safer workplace. This will positively affect the mentalities of employees, and the efficiency of employees.

The waste industry remains as one of the most dangerous work sectors in the U.K- in the period of 2015/2016 an outstanding 4,550 workers out of every 100,000 (4.55%) within the industry sustained a non-fatal injury, which is monumental in comparison to the 2.00% as a whole across all other respective industries. With an average of 29% of these injuries occurring due to slips, trips and falls. And a further 28% due to lifting and handling within the UK Waste Handling Industry. HSE released data also for 2015/2016 revealing that 76% of the said injuries lead to more than 7 days off per employee