Although working as a sanitation worker may not sound like a particularly dangerous job, working within this sector does carry an exceptional amount of risk when it comes to accidents at work.
What do sanitation workers do?
Put simply, sanitation workers have a responsibility to ensure designated surroundings or a certain area are a sanitary and clean environment. Refuse collectors and recycling workers are all classed as sanitation workers, and it is their responsibility to collect rubbish and waste and dispose of it safely and correctly to keep the streets, and the country, safe and clean.
What work accidents could occur for sanitation workers?
There are many risks for sanitation workers, such as cuts or injuries due to sharp objects, such as glass. For example, a worker employed within the recycling sector will likely encounter glass on a daily basis; something that can be exceptionally sharp and dangerous. If workers are not equipped with or wearing proper safety gear when dealing with glass, there is a high risk of cuts to the hands, and anywhere on the body, which could result in a very dangerous work-related injury.
Sanitation workers will also encounter an array of different chemicals on a daily basis too, and some that may have not been properly disposed of by a member of the public, for example. If workers aren’t wearing protective gear and there is any exposed skin, this creates risk of having contact with unknown chemicals, which could cause a very dangerous injury at work.
Sanitation workers are also at risk from muscle and bone injuries, as heavy lifting is almost always required in such a post. Proper training in lifting heavy refuse and waste safely should be given to every sanitation worker by the employer, and failure to provide adequate training could result in casualties such as pulled muscles, ligament damage and even broken bones.
How to claim work accident compensation as a sanitation worker
Working in sanitation is a dangerous career and one that requires rigorous training for workers, to ensure their safety. If you are a sanitation worker and have suffered an accident at work, you may have a viable case for a work accident claim and could receive compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is happy to help and advise you regarding your compensation claim, with free, no-obligation, expert advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown