Refuse work may not seem like a dangerous job at first glance, but the work contains many hazards which expose refuse workers to serious risks every day. Whether it be on the road or in the handling of refuse, injuries could happen anywhere, and could cause life-changing consequences. If you have been injured as a refuse worker in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can make a Broadland no-win, no-fee compensation claim to see what our team of in-house solicitors might be able to win for you.
Injuries and accidents
There are a surprising number of ways in which accidents can occur during the daily work of a refuse worker. These include:
- Handling Injuries. Wheelie bins can be overfilled or filled with heavy items which can cause strain injuries to those who handle them. Especially in places which do not use wheelie bins, handling injuries can be even more common, even more so if workers are not properly trained in how to do this.
- Needlestick and lacerations. When sharp objects are not correctly disposed of, they pose a risk to the refuse workers who handle them. Objects such as needles, glass and other sharp objects may be in unsuitable containers. These could easily cause lacerations as well as blood-borne viruses and other infections.
- Road accidents. As waste collection lorries are often used in this line of work, they pose a danger to those around them. A worker could easily be struck by this vehicle, or other vehicles as they pass by. The injuries sustained in such a collision could be very serious, including broken bones, brain and spinal injuries, and even death.
- Trips, slips, and falls. Poorly maintained pavements and road surfaces could pose hazards for refuse workers who must walk on them as part of their duties, as well as hazards on any private property they must access. This could, again, cause very serious injuries through landing on hard surfaces.
It is the duty of your employer to ensure that you are safe at work, whether this be making sure all equipment is in proper working order, that every worker is properly trained in everything they must do, and providing the correct personal protective equipment. If this has not been done, or other negligence has caused you to be in an accident, you have the right to make a Broadland no-win, no-fee compensation claim.
How a Broadland no-win, no-fee compensation claim can help
By making a Broadland no-win, no-fee compensation claim, our team of solicitors will work to not only get you the compensation you need at this difficult time, but help raise awareness and help to ensure this will not happen to anyone else at your place of work. Just contact Accident Advice Helpline directly or take our 30-second test to find out if your claim is eligible. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.