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SWANA Pacific Chapter Safety Ambassador

SWANA Pacific is pleased to introduce our Safety Ambassador. Lynne Vidler is a Senior Project Engineer at Metro Vancouver with nearly 12 years of experience in the Solid Waste field. Prior to starting with Metro Vancouver, Lynne spent 10 years in the pulp and paper industry, working at mills in Port Alberni, Powell River and Delta. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in safety and emergency management and is looking forward to working with SWANA members on safety initiatives in our region. To contact Lynne with any safety issues or concerns, please contact her via the button below.
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SWANA Fatalities Report for the First Half of 2021

SWANA has issued a press release announcing industry fatality numbers for the first half of 2021, reporting that on-the-job worker fatalities have decreased by 50% in 2021 compared to the previous three years in the United States and Canada. While this is encouraging news, third party accidents, where a member of the public is killed in a solid waste related accident, remain the same in 2021 compared to previous years. (more…)
Victoria Gazeley
September 23, 2021
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Waste Connections Wins SWANA Safety Award

Waste Connections of Canada – Toronto District has won The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) award for biggest safety improvement in 2021. Waste Connections is joined by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) of New Jersey for Best Safety Innovation; and the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department (ACCSW) of Georgia for Best Covid-19 Response. (more…)
Victoria Gazeley
September 22, 2021
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SWANA Reports 52 Solid Waste Industry Worker Fatalities in 2020

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reported 52 municipal solid waste industry workers were killed in 2020 in the United States and Canada, with nearly 70 percent occurring during collection. This data was shared by Jesse Maxwell, SWANA Advocacy & Safety Senior Manager, at SWANA’s virtual Safety Summit on February 25. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
March 10, 2021
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Whole-Body Vibration Risk

The health risks of long-term exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) are well documented, including the potential for spinal and gastrointestinal system injuries. Mobile heavy equipment that is typically used in the solid waste industry will often have vibration levels associated with long term exposure risks. (more…)
Stephanie Moorman
December 10, 2020
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