The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports waste management workers are in the top three job classifications at risk for injuries or death.
When you think about it, it isn’t surprising. Jumping on and off a large garbage truck, lifting heavy items, being cut by broken glass or stuck by improperly disposed of needles. Solid waste industry workers can be injured or killed if they are struck by vehicles or other mobile equipment, involved in a crash or other motor vehicle incident, or caught in or compressed by equipment or objects. They work outdoors in all kinds of weather and are at risk of injury from lifting materials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public sector workers who collect refuse and recyclable material experienced a days-away-from work incidence rate approximately 4 times greater than the incidence rate for this occupation in the private sector. They can also be exposed to microorganisms, chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide, diesel exhaust, and other airborne contaminants at landfills.
The work Sanitation Workers perform is necessary, physically demanding and does not pay well. The very least we can do is ensure that when Waste Management Workers do suffer job injuries-they are taken care of.
Through the years the experienced Alabama Job Injury Attorneys at Powell and Denny have represented Sanitation workers who have suffered serious job injuries and helped them obtain the compensation they are legally entitled to.
If you have suffered a job injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, please do not hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Job Injury Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.
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