Playing an important role in maintaining cities’ health and hygiene, street sweepers are continually at risk of injuries at work and occupational diseases.
Operating motorised vehicles on busy, potentially narrow streets; exposure to exhaust fumes, toxic substances and dust, and manual handling all pose potential risks of being injured at work or developing an industrial illness. Driving sweeping vehicles, for instance, exposes drivers to high levels of vibration, as well as often resulting in back and other muscular disorders due to poor posture while trying to keep the vehicle close to kerbs while simultaneously avoiding parked vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and other vehicles.
Sometimes the work entails manual handling of equipment, manual removal of waste, etc. This exposes street sweepers to the risk of being hit by vehicles; incurring injuries through lifting heavy objects or, a sad sign of the times, needle-stick injuries that could lead to potentially fatal infections, HIV and more.
Constant exposure to diesel and other exhaust fumes, dust and other potentially toxic substances may also result in workers developing respiratory, skin or other temporary or permanent conditions.
Street sweepers injured while working may be eligible to claim compensation for their work-related injuries. Calling Accident Advice Helpline via the 24/7 free phone number and having an informal, confidential chat with a friendly, helpful advisor will serve to quickly determine claim eligibility. Another option is to visit this law firm’s official website and fill in the compensation calculator.
Conditional fee agreements
To ensure workers and their families can claim for compensation without fear of additional financial worries, claims are handled by Accident Advice Helpline on a no win no fee* (conditional fee agreement) basis. This basically means that legal fees and other costs involved in claiming for compensation will not be charged for until the claim has been successfully settled.
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Esther Rantzen, the company’s well-known patron, recommends calling this long-established law firm for help as soon as possible following a work accident. Claims are subject to a time limit and must be initiated within three years of incurring an injury. There may, however, be exceptions to this rule. Occupational conditions may take years to develop, and in such cases, the time limit commences from the date on which the condition was diagnosed. Accidents involving minors may also result in the time limit being extended until the injured party’s 18th birthday.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice