Thanks to today’s automated bin lorries, life as a dustbin man is less dangerous than it was 10 or even 20 years ago. Yet that doesn’t mean that it’s not still a hazardous job; after all, you’re dealing with waste and ensuring that it is removed in a safe and hygienic manner, and accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, the industry is renowned for the number of accidents which occur each year, many of which could be avoided if employers paid more attention to the health and safety of their staff at work. It’s not all doom and gloom though – if you’re an injured bin man, claiming dustbin man injury compensation is an option that’s open to you if somebody else is at fault for your accident at work.
What’s the worst that could happen?
There have been incidents where bin men have been tipped into the backs of bin lorries by faulty machinery or have had legs or arms trapped in the mechanism due to a mechanical fault. Dustbin men have been killed as a result of these types of accidents, and even those who have lived to tell the tale have often been left permanently disabled after requiring an arm or leg to be amputated due to serious crush injuries. That’s not the only risk the bin men face though – Accident Advice Helpline has handled dustbin man injury compensation claims since we were established in 2000 and here are some of the accidents we have dealt with claims for:
- Being hit or run over by a reversing bin lorry
- Hit by an impatient driver trying to pass the bin lorry
- Slip, trip or fall leading to injury
- Needle sticks
- Lacerations from sharp objects in rubbish – particularly for homes which don’t have wheelie bins
The sheer size and weight of a bin lorry means that it should only ever be operated by a competent individual – if you are hit or run over by a lorry, the consequences could be fatal, or you could suffer serious crush injuries which could impact the rest of your life.
Has the rest of your life been affected by your accident at work? If you’re unable to return to work or have been left disabled, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch – you could be awarded a substantial settlement for your injuries.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton