Solid waste collectors are some of the most valuable workers in any U.S. location. Richmond, Kentucky, is home to many skilled waste workers that regularly perform work that no one else wants to touch.
We value these workers and want to ensure they understand the risks they could face day in and day out. Many solid waste employees strive to attend work every day regardless of how they feel. As such, we also want to educate them about their right to workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury.
What are the most common waste worker injuries?
The injury risks for these workers are many and varied. According to one source, falling is one of the most common waste worker injuries/accidents. Other common accidents and injuries plaguing the waste industry include:
- Lift injuries. Workers must lift and carry heavy objects, often resulting in debilitating injuries like spinal cord damage and back problems.
- Vehicle accidents. Waste workers typically work in traffic, increasing their accident and injury risks.
- Pest risks. Garbage attracts rats, mice and other pests, increasing the worker’s risk of suffering animal-related illnesses and bites.
- Dangerous objects. Trash typically contains many items that could injure those that handle it, including glass, pieces of metal and even unwieldy home building materials.
- Biological hazards. Garbage may contain hypodermic needles, blood or body fluids and other hazardous substances that lead to worker illness and injury.
You deserve good health care for your injuries, proper wage replacement and the other benefits of a successful workers’ compensation claim. Instead of ignoring your pain and risking further damage, we urge you to file a claim anytime you are hurt on the job.
Familiarizing yourself with Kentucky workers’ compensation laws and rules can help you determine if you need legal guidance with your claim.