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SWANA Fatality Update; Brake Inspection Results; Battery Survey

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Monday, July 24, 2017

FROM: Jesse Maxwell, Advocacy & eLearning Program Manager, SWANA
TO: SWANA Chapter Safety Ambassadors
DATE: July 18, 2017
SUBJECT: Fatality Update; Brake Inspection Results; Battery Survey

Fifty-One Solid Waste Fatalities in 2017
Through June 30th, at least 51 people have died in solid waste-related incidents in 2017, including 15 employees on the job and 36 members of the public. This compares to 50 fatalities in the first half of 2016.

The deadliest month so far has been April, with a total of 13 fatalities, and June has had the least, with 5 total fatalities. In 2016, April was also the deadliest month, also with 13 fatalities.

Among employees killed, 9 were out on collection, 3 occurred at landfills, 2 at MRFs and 1 at a transfer station. Vehicle accidents and incidents involving helpers on the riding step were the leading causes of collection fatalities.

As part of SWANA’s ongoing safety efforts, we track the fatalities of both workers and members of the public to identify trends and tailor safety training and resources to reflect industry need. This information is then shared with the Chapter Safety Ambassadors, along with appropriate safety resources, to be shared with the membership. Ambassadors are encouraged to contact SWANA HQ whenever a fatal incident occurs in their region.

One in Five Trucks Fail Surprise Inspection
During the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) unannounced Brake Safety Day on May 3, 2017, more than one in five trucks inspected were taken off the road. Of the 1,989 trucks placed out-of-service for various violations, 1,146 of them were parked for brake-related violations. A total of 9,524 roadside inspections were conducted in 33 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces as part of CVSA's Operation Airbrake Program.

Regular maintenance is a key component to safety on the road. According to CVSA, “Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capability and increase stopping distances of trucks and buses, which pose a serious risk to driver and public safety.”

CVSA’s next Brake Safety Day event will be held on September 7, 2017.

Quick Survey on Battery Hazards
Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) is conducting an online survey of MRF operators to determine current beliefs about potential hazards associated with batteries, specifically Lithium-based batteries, in the MRF environment. It will be used in efforts to gain insight into the impact of batteries at MRFs and whether they are contributing to an increase in the frequency of fires.

Please complete this survey by July 31.