Waste disposal and processing workers have a difficult and dirty job which can also carry many risks if potential hazards are not adequately controlled. Waste workers can be exposed to any number of hazardous materials in a day at work, including glass, cutting implements, used needles, toxic substances and even hazardous gases. They also work with heavy loads and large machines which carry their own risks. Employees have a duty to follow any safety training they are given in order to carry out their job in the safest way possible. However, employers have a duty to provide this training and to protect their workers to the best of their ability.
Employers at a waste disposal plant should assess their site for risk on a regular basis in order to identify areas where workers may be at risk of harm. They should ensure that all machinery is fit for use and that it is maintained on a regular basis, that they have an appointed first aid member of staff in case of any injuries and that their workers have adequate supervision. Training should be provided on how to carry out work safely and there should be protective tools and clothing given to workers where needed. Injured waste processing workers may have been put at risk if there are health and safety failings.
Health and safety risks
Workplace safety should be a priority for employers of waste disposal plants due to the high risks involved in working with cutting machines and heavy loads. If there is a failure to put safety guards on machines, workers could be at risk of crush injuries or severe cuts. Workers could also be at risk of infection if they are exposed to waste containing used syringes and are not provided with protective gloves. Injured waste processing workers may be able to claim compensation where there is evidence of employer negligence.
Workplace negligence claims
If you have been injured or fallen ill because of unsafe practices at work, you could be entitled to compensation, with which our team at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you. As a specialist personal injury claims firm, we have helped thousands of people who were in a similar position to you to make successful claims for negligence. If you wish to get in touch with our team for no-obligation advice, just pick up the phone and dial our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown