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Sanitation Worker Hazards and Injuries

Sanitation injuries are more common than you may think. In the United States, sanitation work is the seventh most dangerous industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thousands of sanitation workers are hurt every year with injuries ranging from mild to fatal. Weather conditions, as well as other factors, can contribute to these injuries.

Common Issues Sanitation Workers Face

Sanitation work requires constant awareness. Workers are consistently exposed to hazards and dangers that include:

  • Lacerations and Punctures: Sanitation workers are at risk of lacerations and punctures from improperly disposed needles, glass, and metal pieces.
  • Chemical Exposure: Hazardous chemicals are not always disposed in the appropriate way. When this happens, sanitation workers are put at risk of exposure.
  • Slip and Falls: Icy grounds, potholes, and broken sidewalks may cause a sanitation worker to fall and injure themselves.
  • Car Accidents: Sanitation workers are at risk of being hit by a car while collecting trash.
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries: These injuries may develop from repeating the same tasks daily.

Preventing Sanitation Work Injuries

It is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe working environment for employees. They are also responsible for implementing safe working procedures and providing protective equipment to employees. To keep individuals safe, employers can:

  • Provide thorough training to workers that include how to properly use equipment and chemical cleaning agents.
  • Maintain equipment and make sure it is in proper working order.
  • Equip trucks with back-up sensors and cameras.

Is Workers’ Compensation Available for Sanitation Workers Injured on the Job?

Sanitation Workers have options when injured on the job. Depending on the state where the individual lives, workers’ compensation may be available. However, compensation may be available in different forms based on the circumstances. Workers’ compensation may provide benefits for lost wages, reimbursement for medical care, and compensation for dependents of a worker killed on the job.

Tips for Sanitation Workers

The American National Standards Institute provides safety standards for sanitation workers that include:

  • Riding only in the vehicle cab or on steps that are specifically designed for riding.
  • Remaining inside the vehicle cab until the vehicle is completely stopped.
  • Ensuring individuals are not riding on vehicle steps when the vehicle is backing up or traveling over 10 mph.
  • Ensuring that no one rides on the vehicle’s loading sills.

West Chester Work Injury Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Represent Victims Injured on the Job

If you or someone you know was injured on the job, you have options. The West Chester work injury lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello represent victims injured at work. Our lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation and peace of mind you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at (610) 892-4940. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware County, Media, and West Chester.

Contact the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello

To discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation with attorney Deborah M. Truscello, Esq., call or fill out the form below. 

From our office located in Media, PA we serve the surrounding areas of

  • Bucks County
  • Chester County
  • Delaware County
  • Montgomery County
  • Philadelphia County
Including but not limited to
  • Allentown
  • Lancaster
  • Reading
  • West Chester

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Reasonable Rates & Fees

For Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases, we have a contingency fee based on a percentage of what we obtain for you. We will not charge you any fee unless and until we settle your case, prevent the loss of your benefits or obtain benefits for you. 

For Family Law clients, we understand that financial difficulties often accompany divorce and other family law issues. Ask us about our reasonable and competitive hourly rates for your situation. 

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Why Clients Choose Deborah

Heather A
I have known Deb for years now and it all started in 2009 when I got hurt and needed legal help with my workers comp. I randomly chose Deb because of the things I read on her website and I liked that she had a take charge attitude about just about everything. She out-lawyered someone and got me more in a settlement for that and then also worked with me on another case and won that one as well for me. If you get to know Deb and her personal story, you will get to know an amazing single mom who has had her own struggles and has come out so much stronger. She will fight for you if you do your part as a client and follow her guidance. I have now used two women lawyers in Media and three men and I actually found the two women far more effective and both won my cases that the men lost. Without Deb and my other lawyer winning the cases for me that they did - I could have found myself disabled for good with no money to pay for the life I live because I can’t work now. I credit my ability to be able to eat and have transportation and all. I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work they did for me. Deb has won two of my cases and I would absolutely refer others to her for the same kinds of cases and I would use her again if I ever needed her help again!
Daveen Carpenter
Deborah's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly. I am forever grateful
Rebecca Porter
If you ever need a worker’s compensation attorney, I highly suggest using Deborah Truscello. I had a work accident injury and was referred to Deborah. She was with me every step of the way, with this long-drawn-out process. She was there any time I had questions or needed advice on my rehabilitation. Now my case is settled. I am very happy how things turned out and I owe it all to her. I can't thank her enough. I will use her again if I ever need too.
Jackson Jones
Deborah is an excellent lawyer. She was professional, knowledgeable, and made me and my case feel important. She was always accessible and answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend Debbie to anyone injured at work and in need of legal services.
I am a client of Deborah Truscello and also a woman of color. Deborah Truscello is not a bigot nor is she a racist. I hired Ms. Truscello back in 2016 for a very nasty custody case against a crazy man who has a history of dragging all his children through the court system. Ms. Truscello has been nothing but professional and well organized. She is very reliable and always available. I could contact her any time of the day or night and she is always responsive to my text messages, calls, and emails. If you are considering hiring her as your attorney I highly recommend you schedule a consultation and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.
Andrew Kriegh
Amazing law firm, they have helped me so much and enlightened me to the options I have, and to the right doctors who are still treating my issues... Very professional and very great people glad to have her in my team!!

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