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How Sanitation Workers Can Avoid On-The-Job Injuries

Sanitation Workers and On-The-Job Injuries

Without the good sanitation workers of Birmingham, our beautiful neighborhoods wouldn’t be so beautiful and clean. While we appreciate all they do to keep our community pristine, did you know that sanitation workers hold one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States? Here’s how sanitation workers can stay safe on the job.

Why Are Sanitation Workers More at Risk for Injuries?

Sanitation workers are at a high risk of any injury from just about any angle you can imagine. Here are the most common ways that injuries happen:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents Sanitation workers must jump off and on their truck amid traffic, and often face motorists that are speeding or who don't see them exiting the truck, which can cause them to sustain a severe injury.

  • Inclement Weather Conditions Whether it’s a sunny clear day or a rainy morning, sanitation workers are expected to work regardless. This means that when exposed to the elements, dehydration, exhaustion, and other health-related health issues can arise.

  • Hazardous Materials Exposure When a bag that contains hazardous materials breaks, a sanitation worker can be put at risk of being exposed to chemicals and other toxic substances. This can put them in direct danger of developing a multitude of health concerns.

  • Operating Dangerous Equipment Sanitation trucks have many working parts, and if they are not in proper working order, this could pose a serious injury risk.

  • Falling off Trucks Sanitation workers ride on the back of their trucks to pick up garbage quickly and efficiently, but one short and sudden stop can have them flying off, resulting in a fall.

  • Falls From Spills Pools of water and oily substance spills can cause serious slip and fall injuries.

Safety Tips for Sanitation Workers

To avoid injuries, here are some tips to keep sanitation workers safe:

  • Attend required OSHA safety training.

  • Inspect trucks and equipment before working.

  • Wear protective gear such as gloves and proper reflective clothing.

  • Wear seat belts at all times when riding in the truck.

What to Do If You Are Injured on the Job

If you are a sanitation worker that has been injured on the job, you are eligible to apply for workers’ compensation benefits in the state of Alabama. After a work-related injury, it’s critical to have an experienced Birmingham workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to increase your chances of getting the benefits you deserve.

Contact A Birmingham Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Workers’ compensation claims are not easy to navigate. Having an attorney assist you with your workers’ compensation claim can help you avoid many mistakes that can cost you a favorable decision. Contact Spellen Law, LLC today at (205) 810-2275 to learn more about your rights under workers’ compensation laws.

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