Working in the field of waste management and recycling comes with a variety of hazards. If you have suffered an injury or illness as a result of working in this industry, give Accident Advice Helpline a call to see if you can make a waste and recycling work claim.
Safety considerations in waste and recycling work
There are various issues to consider when discussing safety in waste and recycling work. Some of the key health hazards in this industry include the following:
- Machinery and work equipment;
- Transport operations associated with the collection of waste;
- Transport operations at waste management and recycling sites;
- Slips, trips and falls;
- Exposure to hazardous substances, such as bioaerosols; and
- Noise exposure.
Machinery and work equipment
Improper use or maintenance of machinery and poorly guarded work equipment cause a significant number of work-related accidents in the waste and recycling industry.
Both in the collection of waste and at waste management and recycling sites, transport operations represent the most significant risk to workers in this field. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 4% of all reported accidents in the industry listed ‘struck by moving vehicle’ as the cause. The most notable figure, however, is that 40% of all reported fatalities fell within this category.
Slips, trips and falls
Some of the major causes of this type of accident in the waste management and recycling industry are as follows:
- Spillage of substances used in the handling of waste;
- Unsorted waste mounds on the floor;
- Trailing hoses and cables;
- Slippery surfaces; and
- Poor lighting.
Exposure to hazardous substances
Green waste and the bioaerosols it produces can pose a health risk to workers in this field. Green waste often grows microbes when left in warm and moist environments. These microbes become suspended with dust in the air when the waste is handled, and workers handling the waste breathe this in. However, it is not only green waste that poses a risk; discarded needles can pose a needlestick injury risk to waste management employees.
Making waste and recycling work claims
There are many risks associated with work in this sector, but these risks can be minimised by proper management and following the guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive. If your employer has failed to do so and you suffered a work-related injury or illness as a result, then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
For the most accurate claim advice, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. We offer a free legal helpline and our experienced staff will be able to offer advice based on your unique situation and guide you through the claims process. You can also try our 30-second test at the top of the page to see what your compensation claim could be worth.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a large team of specialist solicitors expertly equipped to handle these types of claims. You will not be asked to put down any money to start your claim, as our solicitors work on a 100% no win no fee basis. Call us here at Accident Advice Helpline and speak to us about starting your compensation claim now.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown