Waste collector, recycling plant operative, refuse collector, bin man – whatever role you take on in the sanitation industry, you have an important part to play in keeping our streets clean and ensuring that the public are not at risk of disease or injury from waste which has not been disposed of properly. It can be a physically demanding, dirty job and it’s not without its risks – indeed it can be downright hazardous at times. That’s why it’s important that employer take the health and safety of their staff seriously, to minimise the risk of accidents occurring. Been injured in an accident at work? Then Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim waste collector injury compensation, provided it’s been three years or less since your accident.
How have you been injured?
Sanitation workers have claimed waste collector injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline for any of the following accidents:
- Being hit by a reversing bin lorry
- Being struck by overtaking drivers trying to pass the rubbish truck
- Injuries caused by mechanical faults with a bin lorry, which could result in amputations, crush injures or serious lacerations
- Slip, trip or fall on an oil spill or debris
- Injured whilst collecting litter – for example by a dirty needle or hazardous waste
- Burned by hazardous chemicals
Whether you are working as a bin man collecting wheelie bins and loading them onto a bin lorry, employed as a sorter at a refuse plant or working as a litter collector in the town centre, these jobs all have one thing in common; they can be dangerous. That’s why it is so important that your employer provides you with personal protective equipment, such as boots, gloves and other equipment to keep you safe at work, as well as ensuring you have been trained to carry out your role safely.
Injured by a colleague – or is your employer to blame?
It might be that you were working with a colleague who has put you at risk – but your employer could ultimately be to blame for your accident. If your colleague is operating a bin lorry without the required training, they could put you and other waste collectors at risk. Serious injuries or fatalities could result, and if you’ve been left with life-changing injuries after an accident at work, you could make a claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and you’ll be able to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation, or take the 30-second test on our website right now and see how much you could claim.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton