Waste management activities are not only a potential source of chronic risks (atmospheric pollution, olfactory or noise nuisances, etc.), they may also be responsible for the risk of accidents!
This study, based on the analysis of 1100 accidents that occured over a 10-years period (2005-2014), draws an overview of accidental situations occuring in waste management activities.
Despite the diversity and heterogeneity of waste processed at collection and treatment facilities, recurrent accident scenarios are nonetheless identifiable. Some ten primary scenarios are analysed in this document. The technical and organisational causes are identified.
In tackling each of these accident situations, progress can be achieved in preventing the recurrence of similar events. Recommended accident prevention measures are proposed for each scenario.