Safety and health risks for garbage collectors

People in Tennessee who work in the garbage collection industry face many health and safety hazards while on the job. By understanding the risks, workers may be better able to recognize hazardous situations and avoid getting hurt or becoming ill in accidents because of them.

One of the most common types of injuries involve repetitive lifting and carrying of heavy objects. These can lead to back injuries, herniations and other damage over time. Using proper lifting techniques can help to minimize the damage. Slipping and falling is another significant risk when workers are working on ice or in rain or snow. Wearing boots with good traction is important.

Materials contained inside of the garbage may pose dangers. These can include improperly disposed chemicals and sharp objects, such as glass. They may penetrate the garbage bags and cut the worker while they are carrying the bags. Exposure to hazardous materials and leave them with respiratory diseases and chemical burns. Wearing long pants, long sleeves, protective gloves and heavy duty boots no matter the weather is thus important to avoid these types of dangers. Other dangers include pests in the garbage, such as rats or mice, that can bite the worker and make them ill. Finally, garbage workers face dangers from other vehicles on the road.

A garbage worker who suffers a workplace injury or illness may be eligible to file a claim for benefits with their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Injured workers may benefit by getting help from a workers’ compensation attorney.Legal counsel may be better able to help their clients collect the documentation they will need for their claim.