Large Increase in Waste Collection Fatalities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released its 2018 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries on December 17, 2019. Refuse and recyclable material collectors continued to be the fifth deadliest occupation in America with 37 fatalities, up from 31 in 2017. A risk management plan, regardless of company and fleet size, improves safety, reduces lost time, and creates potential insurance savings.

Click here to review the 2018 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report.


Safety Manual & Regular Communication: A comprehensive safety manual should cover policies that support a safety-conscious work environment.

Driver Screening & Selection: Establish hiring standards and a thorough screening process for anyone who drives on company business, including personal and/or rented vehicles.

Continuous Training: All drivers, including temporary workers, need on-going training on driving strategies, safety protocols, and compliance. Include demonstrations and hands-on training opportunities.

Vehicle Maintenance: Maintenance protocols can reduce costly breakdowns and can assist in preventing accidents due to faulty equipment.

Pre & Post Trip Inspections: Inspections need to check all equipment, including but not limited to seat belts, turn signals, brake system, brake lights, headlights, and taillights.


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