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In the last two years in the solid waste collection industry there have been 13 serious injuries of 60+ days and 35 injuries of five+ days.
An area of potential risk of injury in the industry is the operation of compacting waste trucks. There have been two recent fatalities whereby an employee was crushed between his waste truck and a wall and a member of the public was run over by a waste truck while it was reversing. In another incident, a worker received serious injuries after being crushed between the compactor and the tailgate.
The operation of compacting waste trucks has the potential to expose collection crews, other road users and pedestrians to a range of hazards which may include:-
Where reversing cannot be eliminated, a risk assessment may indicate that use of reversing aids alone is insufficient to adequately control the risks during reversing. In these circumstances;
Further information relevant to the solid waste collection industry can be obtained from WorkSafe’s website or by contacting customer service on 1300 307 877 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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