- Green Job Hazards
- Recycling: Traffic Safety, Loading and Unloading
Green Job Hazards
Recycling: Traffic Safety, Loading and Unloading
OSHA's Safety and Health Information Bulletin: Crushing Hazards Associated with Dumpsters and Rear-Loading Trash Trucks provides safety information for working with rear-loading trash trucks during the emptying process. The following items, while not necessarily comprehensive, provide guidance on vehicle safety tips:
Wear seat belts that meet OSHA standards [29 CFR 1926.601(b)(9)], except on equipment that is designed only for standup operation, or that has no rollover protective structure.
Check vehicles before each shift to assure that all parts and accessories are in safe operating condition [For additional information, see Vehicle Inspection].
Do not drive a vehicle in reverse gear with an obstructed rear view, unless it has an audible reverse alarm, or another worker signals that it is safe.
Drive vehicles or equipment only on roadways or grades that are safely constructed and maintained.
Make sure that you and all other personnel are in the clear before using dumping or lifting devices.
Lower or block bulldozer and scraper blades, end-loader buckets, dump bodies, etc., when not in use, and leave all controls in neutral position.
Set parking brakes when vehicles and equipment are parked, and chock the wheels if they are on an incline.
All vehicles must have adequate braking systems and other safety devices [For additional information, see Brake Systems].
Haulage vehicles that are loaded by cranes, power shovels, loaders etc., must have a cab shield or canopy that protects the driver from falling materials.
Do not exceed a vehicle's rated load or lift capacity.
Do not carry personnel unless there is a safe place to ride.
Workers in highway/road construction work zones must be highly visible in all levels of light. Warning clothing, such as red or orange vests, are required; and if worn for night work, must be of reflective material.