Waste management company Biffa has been running a campaign to tackle the risk of waste collection workers being injured while collecting waste by motorists driving on pavements, reports Dave West.
There are plenty of health and safety risks facing businesses in the waste management sector – many of which need to be managed on a daily basis to keep employees safe. However, one risk that staff should not have to handle while working on collection rounds is impatient drivers mounting pavements at speed to get around waste collection vehicles.
Last year, it was estimated that incidents of people driving dangerously on pavements were happening around 30,000 times a month. This not only puts waste workers across the UK at risk, but also pedestrians – including children, who assume the pavement to be a safe place. The lack of patience shown by some drivers towards waste collection workers is not only unsafe, it can be life-threatening, and result in fatal accidents for both the driver, worker or member of the public.
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