According to a recent report conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), waste management is a very dangerous industrial activity. With an accident rate of 2.5 per cent – four times the national rate – and a fatality rate of 0.01 per cent, the companies operating within the UK waste industry face many work accident injury claims each year. Most accidents occur during waste collection activities especially because waste management sites are busy places with a lot of traffic.
From the waste itself, which can pose certain threats (e.g. sharp objects, chemicals, potential biohazards), and back injuries resulting from lifting heavy waste bins to traffic accidents, which can occur whilst carrying out specific duties near roads, a waste collector is exposed to many risks. If you have been injured whilst working as a refuse collector, it is useless to ask, “Can I claim for an accident as a refuse collector?” if you have no intention to take further action. What can you do? To begin with, you could seek legal assistance
How legal experts can help you
Do you feel guilty about the accident that caused you so much suffering? Well, you do not have to feel this way, especially if the accident occurred through no fault of your own. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, experienced personal injury solicitors can help you obtain compensation for your suffering and financial losses associated. The rest of this post will focus on specific aspects that we will consider when assessing the validity of your claim.
One of the greatest threats to the health and safety of refuse collectors is posed by traffic. To avoid potential traffic-related dangers, workers must be trained to remain vigilant and aware of all road users, including vehicles and pedestrians; must be provided with highly visible personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the job; and must be fully informed about the dangers that may arise from not wearing PPE or using certain equipment/machinery inappropriately. In addition, employers must ensure that workers are able to do their job in all weather conditions and on different types of terrain before sending them to collect waste.
Additional Health Aspects
Besides traffic collisions and accidents resulting from not wearing protective equipment or handling machinery appropriately, refuse collectors are at risk of contracting dangerous conditions, such as hepatitis and rat-borne diseases. To combat such risks, workers must follow strict personal hygiene rules, including washing their hands before eating or smoking, and having a shower at the end of their shift. Evidently, there are many other risks that a refuse collector may face every single day. To ensure the safety of all workers, employers have the duty not only to provide the protective equipment, but also to conduct risk assessments and prepare their workers for different circumstances.
Now, if you still wonder, “can I claim for an accident as a refuse collector?” please contact us for further advice on 0800 689 0500. We will be more than happy to help you seek compensation from the people responsible for your injuries and loss.