The waste and recycling industry sees its fair share of accidents and some injury claims in Highbridge will inevitably involve a worker who is employed in this sector.
Accident Advice Helpline are a large, well-established law firm who can help with your Highbridge waste and recycling industry claim.
They can only help you, however, if you have an actual injury (including psychological injury) and if you did not cause the accident yourself.
What sorts of hazards are present in waste and recycling claims?
The sorts of hazards that could feature in a Highbridge waste and recycling claim could be:
- Infectious material in the refuse – this could be faeces present in nappies or incontinence pads
- Blood-borne infectious material – this could be on discarded wound dressings or needles
- Animal waste containing harmful organisms – animal waste, cat litter and even straw from hutches and cages
- Dead animal carcasses
- Rodents – both dead and alive
- Hazardous liquids – paints, cleaners
- Car batteries
- Sharp objects – broken glass, old knives
How can these hazards cause an injury?
Waste and recycling industry workers may become injured through:
- Skin contact – this is especially a problem if the skin has been broken (a cut or abrasion)
- Mucous membrane – poisons can be absorbed through the mucous membrane of the eye and the delicate eye area can be severely damaged by sharp objects and some chemicals
- Injection – through contaminated sharp objects such as needles
- Ingestion – when contaminated hands are put in the mouth. This is most likely to occur when the worker is eating, drinking and smoking but workers who bite their nails are also vulnerable.
- Inhalation – breathing in harmful substances such as fumes or dusts.
Preventing waste and recycling claims in Highbridge
A comprehensive risk assessment should be carried out to identify all of the hazards associated with each waste and recycling task. Then a system of procedures and precautions should be put in place to remove or minimise the risk. An example is given here.
Workers who are located close to loads of refuse being discharged may be exposed to high levels of dust and that dust may contain micro-organisms. The risk assessment should identify this as a hazard. In order to control the risk and to prevent an injury in Highbridge waste-related claim the employer may need to introduce a filtration and collection system in the cab of the vehicle in order to protect the driver and the crew who are riding in the cab of the refuse lorry.
The filters would have to be the correct design for this function and would need to be changed regularly. Sprinkler systems may have to be introduced around the tip when loads are being discharged.
The area around the pit should be kept as clean as possible but this should not be achieved by dry brushing. It may be necessary to use vacuum cleaners on floors and ledges. Personal protective equipment may be appropriate for some workers.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.