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  • 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.

  • Equipment Spotlight | JUL 2016 Safety Equipment

  • Weeklong safety event reached more than 65 percent of waste & recycling industry nationwide

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), shared the results of its 2016 Safety Stand Down on Water. Rest. Shade.

  • Safe Driver of the Year Award presented to Mark Withrow of Cohen Recycling

    Mark Withrow of Cohen Recycling in Middletown, Ohio was presented with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Safe Driver of the Year Award for completing 33 verifiable years of safe driving without a single preventable accident.

  • SWANA: Surge of waste-related fatalities on America’s roads unacceptable

    The recent increase in fatal accidents involving garbage trucks is of great concern and is unacceptable, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

  • Sundt Construction named industry’s safest in the nation

    Sundt Construction, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2015 by the Associated General Contractors of America.

  • U.S. EPA requires Southern California contractor to warn residents of lead-based paint dangers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently fined G.D. Friend, Inc. (operating as Everlast Home Energy Solutions) $28,564 for failing to comply with the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule while performing renovation work at two residential properties in Southern California.

  • Astec Mobile Screens honored for safety record

    Astec Mobile Screens (KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens) was recently recognized for achieving a superior safety rating for Astec Industries companies in 2015.

  • NWRA sets guidelines to improve safety

    The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) released new safety Best Practices for operators of material recovery facilities (MRFs), landfills and transfer stations as part of its comprehensive industry-wide safety effort.

  • Aluminum Association notes industry’s safest year ever

    2014 was the safest year on record for the U.S. aluminum industry, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • ISRI adds Cirone as new vice president of safety

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has hired Therese Cirone for the newly created position of vice president of safety, charged with leading all of ISRI’s safety efforts. Cirone’s responsibilities will include managing all elements of ISRI’s safety program, providing safety guidance to members, serving as a liaison with OSHA and working with ISRI’s team of safety professionals to strengthen and develop new tools and resources for members to enhance their safety programs.

    Cirone is looking forward to working with the ISRI safety team to assist the membership in enhancing safety cultures and encouraging safety leadership throughout the organization.

    Prior to joining ISRI Cirone was the vice president of health, environment, safety and security at the Chlorine Institute. Her primary responsibilities included providing leadership and support for the health and safety team, the environment and security team and associated issues and concerns in these areas along with developing guidelines, safety and health alerts, projects, regulatory updates and training seminars/workshops.

    Before coming to the DC area Cirone held EHS leadership positions within various industries including RSR Corporation – a lead recycling operation – Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company/Occidental Chemical Corporation and Halliburton Energy Services.

    Published in the November 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • ISRI conducts safety day

    As part of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Safety Stand-Down Day, recyclers showed their commitment to safety as a core value.

  • Nave receives responsible recycling certification

    Nave Communications, a subsidiary of ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc., has received Responsible Recycling (R2) certification, the highest industry standard for environmental responsibility and safety.

  • Metal shredders fined for safety

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued Metal Shredders 1 willful and 8 serious safety violations involving electrical safe work practices and has proposed penalties of $115,000 to the company.

  • ISRI Transportation Safety Awards entry period now open

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has opened the entry period for this year’s Transportation Safety Awards.

  • Recyclers answer the call to take part in safety stand-down day

    Companies dedicated one hour per shift to safety training
  • EPA and Kimberly Clark recognize professional truck drivers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the American Trucking Associations, Kimberly Clark and the entire trucking industry, honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.

  • National association hires new director of safety

    National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) president and chief executive officer Sharon H. Kneiss welcomed John Haudenshield, NW&RA’s new director of safety. Haudenshield will work with industry stakeholders to address industry safety issues and to expand the association’s safety program.

    Haudenshield brings extensive corporate safety experience to NW&RA, having begun his career as a safety professional in waste and recycling industry operations and environmental, health and safety (EOSH) compliance. During 14 years of progressive experience leading EOSH compliance and management systems, he also held senior level safety and risk management positions for Diageo, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Unique Industries and Cycle Systems. While with Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Diageo, John was able to further corporate safety initiatives within automated, high-speed manufacturing sites, as well as across a direct store delivery sales region.

    Haudenshield has extensive experience with DOT Compliance, Driver Safety, Incident Management and Safety & Environmental Management Systems (OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001).

    Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Rubber established as playground safety surface

    The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) disclosed that it played a significant role in the establishment of standard specifications for loose-fill rubber used in playground surfacing.

  • Florida passes legislation to protect workers

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law legislation aimed at preventing road accidents and fatalities involving waste and recycling workers and vehicles caused by careless drivers.

  • Advantage Metals Recycling awarded for safety standards

    Nine of Advantage Metals Recycling’s (AMR) scrap metal recycling facilities received the 2014 Corporate Safety Award from The Safety Council of the Ozarks, a regional branch of the National Safety Council.