Refuse collectors have a surprisingly hazardous job – and if you’re not careful, you could be injured at work and forced to take time off to recover. But what are the dangers of being a refuse collector? Here are some examples to share with you.
Hazards of refuse collection
- Being injured by hazardous waste. Chemicals, needles, glass – these can all be found in waste and if you’re a refuse collector, you never know what you’re going to come across. Protective clothing and gloves should always be worn to keep you safe at work.
- Injured by machinery. You could lose a limb if you fall into a refuse truck, or if part of your clothing is snagged when emptying bins into the truck. Or you could be injured by faulty machinery at a waste processing plant.
- Run over by the truck. A reversing refuse truck or impatient refuse collection driver could run over their colleague. The weight of these trucks could cause serious crush injuries or death.
- Slips, trip and falls. Slips and trips are a common accident which can leave refuse collectors injured. You could slip on spilt refuse or trip over bags that are waiting to be loaded into the truck, causing sprains, strains and broken bones or even head and facial injuries.
- Being hit by another vehicle. Impatient cars who don’t want to wait to pass refuse collection trucks may race past, and they could hit refuse collectors who are on the other side of the vehicle or loading the truck. If you’re hit at speed, you could suffer life-changing head or spinal injuries which may make it impossible for you to return to work or live your life to the full.
How have your injuries impacted your life?
The dangers of being a refuse collector may have led to an accident which has affected the rest of your life. Spinal or brain injuries may make it impossible for you to return to work, which can impact your family both emotionally and financially. Why not get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and find out if you are eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation after your accident? Our lawyers provide a 100% no win, no fee* service, so you can afford to make a claim even if your accident has meant you’ve been off work for some time. There’s a three-year time limit to make a claim, so call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today.
Category: Health and safety at work