Garbage workers can face dangers when out on their routes

Their job might not be the most glamorous in the world, but garbage workers perform some very important services in our communities. Unfortunately, such workers sometimes face significant dangers when out performing such services. Such dangers sometimes even prove deadly.

In recent years, the fatality rate among garbage workers has been particularly high. This rate exceeds the rates of some jobs often viewed as being among the more dangerous ones out there, such as police and firefighter jobs.

There are many different types of harmful workplace accidents that could happen to garbage workers. Among these are accidents involving being hit by a motor vehicle when out on their route. Garbage workers can be particularly vulnerable to other vehicles when they are walking behind their truck in connection to garbage collection.

Oklahoma has a law aimed at giving some protections to garbage workers from these types of accidents. This law is called a "Slow Down to Get Around" law. This law is aimed at encouraging drivers to be careful when they are driving near garbage trucks that have pulled over.

Oklahoma is one of 16 states that have put this type of law in place in recent years.

How careful do you think Oklahoma drivers are about driving near garbage workers and their trucks? Are there further things you think should be done to help protect garbage worker safety in the state?

So, a lot of different factors (including how drivers act) impact how safe garbage workers are during the course of their work. There are also a lot of different factors that can impact what legal options are open to a garbage worker who was hurt out on the job when it comes to compensation. So, when a garbage worker is hurt in an accident out on the roads or some other accident involving their work, they may want to promptly have a discussion about the accident and their options with an experienced attorney.

Source: Governing, "States Hope to Make One of the Dirtiest, Deadliest Jobs a Little Safer," Daniel C. Vock, Aug. 10, 2017

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