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  • Ohio Senate passes motorist safety legislation

    The Ohio Senate passed motorist safety legislation that prohibits the installation of unsafe used tires. The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) hailed the vote as an important consumer protection measure that will prevent crashes due to worn-out, damaged, or improperly repaired used tires.

  • Workplace injury rate drops for collection workers

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2016 Workplace Injury and Illness Data, showing major improvements in safety within the solid waste collection industry. In addition to the decrease in total recordable cases, the report also shows declines in injuries and illnesses that resulted in lost workdays and job transfers or job restrictions.

  • Call2Recycle’s Charge Up Safety Campaign spotlights battery recycling safety

    Safety related and fire incidents involving hoverboards, cellphones, headphones and laptops are making the headlines. Many of these incidents are being traced to batteries, further intensifying safety concerns.

  • OSHA deadline extended for crane operator certifications

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to November 10, 2018.

  • ISRI offers free safety training as part of a grant program

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently announced the formation of a “Hazard Recognition in Recycling” safety training program, a series of free classes across the country.

  • Worker injury causes fine

    The recycling company that operates glass recycling facilities for Ontario’s municipal blue box collection, deposit return program and the Beer Store pleaded guilty and has been fined $65,000 after a worker suffered a permanent injury caused by running machinery.

  • DJJ’s recycling facilities participate in safety events

    The David J. Joseph Company (DJJ), in conjunction with Nucor Corporation, participated in OSHA’s Safety + Sound Week, from June 12 to 18, 2017 and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ (ISRI’s) June 14 National Safety Stand-Down day.

  • Slow Down To Get Around legislation signed into law in Iowa

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, signed into law new legislation that will protect workers in the waste and recycling industry.

  • Pro Disposal driver named as ‘finalist’ for national award

    An employee at Pro Disposal & Recycling was named recently as a finalist for “Driver of the Year” in a national competition sponsored by the National Waste & Recycling Association.

  • Rumpke driver receives award for service

    Terry Russell, a driver for Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services in Circleville, Ohio, received a Driver of the Year Award from the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) at a special awards ceremony in New Orleans.

    Russell, who has worked for Rumpke for 13 years, has an outstanding safety record on the road. Each week he drives an average of 900 miles on his route, with an average 2,250 pickups.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Federal Signal agrees to acquisition of TBEI

    Federal Signal Corporation, a leader in environmental and safety solutions, has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Truck Bodies and Equipment International (TBEI), a U.S. manufacturer of dump truck bodies and trailers, for $270 million, subject to post-closing adjustments.

    This represents a multiple of 7.2x TBEI’s EBITDA for the 12 month period ending March 31, 2017, before accounting for synergies.

    The acquisition will enable the company to strengthen its market position as a specialty vehicle manufacturer in maintenance and infrastructure markets.

    This transaction will also allow the company to leverage its expertise in building chassis-based vehicles, significantly expand its exposure to higher growth industrial end-markets and balance the mix of revenues it generates from municipal and industrial markets. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to the company’s margins and earnings per share, excluding transaction costs and before giving effect to anticipated synergies.

    Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Slow Down To Get Around adopted in Kentucky

    Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, signed into law new legislation that will protect workers in the waste and recycling industry. HB144, Kentucky’s version of the Slow Down to Get Around law, requires motorists to slow down or move out of the way of waste and recycling vehicles.

  • Ongoing safety initiatives in the waste and recycling arena

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    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, waste material collection – specifically of refuse and recycling materials – is the fifth most dangerous job in the country, and incidents involving the transportation of waste are the cause of 40 percent of the injuries and fatalities.

  • Refuse and recycling collection career has fifth highest fatality rate

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released 2015 final figures for industry and occupational fatality data.

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor workplace injury data released

    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2015 Workplace Injury and Illness Data.

  • Lafarge Canada modernizes and upgrades Exshaw facility

    Lafarge Canada Inc. in Exshaw has completed a major modernization and environmental upgrade. Construction began in 2013, with more than 600 contracted employees on site at construction peak in addition to 160 permanent employees.

  • LA Sanitation team achieves Excellence in Technology Award

    A software development team from the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works LA Sanitation Bureau (LASAN) has won a Los Angeles Excellence in Technology award, which is given in conjunction with a local government-technology conference.

  • Safety a major concern in the waste and recycling industries

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    Perhaps no other single issue stands out in a waste company owner’s mind more than the safety and security of employees. Good waste management employers are serious about safety.

  • RIRRC and ARIA Energy win safety awards

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced that Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) is the winner of its 2016 Biggest Safety Improvement award and Aria Energy as the winner of its 2016 Biggest Safety Innovation award.

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