To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff of Highways England or the Highways Agency and their contractors have been (a) injured and (b) killed while removing litter or refuse from the strategic road network since January 2010; what the causes of those accidents were; and what injuries were sustained by those staff.
There have been no incidents of staff being killed as a result of litter removal on the strategic road network since January 2010. The number of injuries during this period is 44, the cause and nature of the injuries are outlined in the tables below:
Hit by a moving vehicle
Bruising / abrasion
Hit by a moving, flying or falling object
Hit something fixed or stationary
Cut / laceration
Foreign body (ingressed)
Injured while handling lifting or carrying
Slipped, tripped or fell on the same level
Strain / sprain
All of these injuries relate to contractor personnel.