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How the Industry is Working to Keep Landfill Workers Safe

Very serious injuries and toxic exposures at landfills are not common, but the industry remains vigilant, especially with the occurrence of tragedies like last year’s fatality at a Clearfield County, Penn., site where a cell collapsed. It was one of eight landfill fatalities in North America in 2017, seven of which were in the U.S., according to David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). In 2016, the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) reported 920 job-related cases among U.S. landfill workers involving days off work.

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