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The Dangers of Handling Garbage

Published June 15, 2018 by The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, P.A.

North Carolina residents and others who choose to work in the sanitation field face a variety of dangers. In the first 10 days of 2018, seven sanitation workers died according to the Solid Waste Association of North America. In addition to the risk of dying on the job, workers in this industry could get hurt handling heavy loads and climbing on and off trucks repeatedly.

Sprains and strains are among the most common types of injuries that they face, and coming into contact with hazardous materials is another significant concern. Individuals who work on garbage trucks or who handle waste materials are advised to wear personal protective equipment. Workers can also reduce their risk of getting hurt by wearing their seat belts while riding in garbage trucks. Furthermore, cellphones should never be used while driving or while in a sanitation facility.

It has become more common in recent years for trucks to be outfitted with rear-view cameras and other technology to make the job safer. However, workers still need to avoid complacency while at work, and they also need to get into the habit of using the tools given to them. Workers can learn proper techniques and workplace habits by taking part in safety classes offered on a regular basis by their employers.

Someone who is hurt on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The family of those killed while at work might be entitled to a death benefit. Injured workers are encouraged to report accidents that result in injuries as soon as possible. This may help to begin the claim process in a timely manner and allow them to obtain compensation faster. An attorney may provide assistance if an initial application for workers compensation benefits is denied.

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