The Perils Of The Refuse Collector – Do You Have a Claim?
The job of a refuse collector is one that is fraught with risks and dangers although many of these may not be obvious at first. But think about the work a refuse collector does and the environment in which they work in and you might get a picture of the hazards they have to face on a daily basis.
If you are a bin man injured in an accident that was not your fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We specialise in a vast array of injuries across many different professions and can give you expert advice on how to go about making a compensation claim. The good news is that we have dealt with many claims involving a bin man injured at work and would be delighted to speak to you if you think you have a claim. You have nothing to lose by calling us and all calls will be treated professionally and in the strictest of confidence.
Common Causes of a Bin Man Injured at Work
Many refuse collections involve collectors walking into the road and putting themselves at the mercy of other road users. In fact, many claims made by refuse collectors have been due to collisions with road vehicles. Whether you have suffered at the hands of another driver or you have been injured by the refuse vehicle with which you are working, there could be grounds for a claim.
The nature of refuse collections is that they require collectors to be out in all weathers on the public highway. Slips, trips and falls are therefore commonplace and can happen at any time. Icy roads, poorly maintained pavements or even an overloaded wheelie bin could prove hazardous and could cause a nasty injury. Overloaded bins are another reason why manual handling training is essential for refuse collectors. If you have not received this training, we could sue your employer for negligence if you suffer an injury that could have been avoided if this training had been in place.
Many of our clients involved in refuse collection injuries have suffered from lacerations, cuts and puncture wounds as the result of collecting hazardous waste from the side of the road. Whilst broken glass, syringes and other sharps should be dealt with in a sensible manner, they are often left protruding from bins or bags. This puts a refuse collector in often serious and unnecessary risk and is one of the reasons why collectors must wear suitable PPE clothing.
Were You a Bin Man Injured at Work? Speak To Our Team Today
If you are a refuse collector and you have suffered an injury whilst at work, give our team a call for FREE today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. If we find that a third party is responsible for your accident or your employer has been negligible we can often start the claims process right away.
Date Published: 24th August 2013
Author: David Brown