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Collection is one of the most dangerous activities in the recycling industry. Tragically, workers have lost their lives due to being backed-over by trucks, or struck by on-coming vehicles as they were exiting the trucks they were driving. These fatal accidents can be prevented by taking proper precautions.
In addition to vehicle accidents, collecting recyclable material involves other hazards, such as potential lifting injuries; slips, trips and falls; and cuts and abrasions. For more detailed information about these hazards and associated protective measures, visit the links below.
Hazards and Precautions
1Hours-based fatality rates by industry, occupation, and selected demographic characteristics, 2008 [82 KB PDF, 4 pages]
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