Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Initiative to Reduce Sanitation Workers’ Injuries

The Mayor of Baltimore has announced plans to purchase new trash cans for every Baltimore household in effort to reduce sanitation worker injuries and control the city’s rat population. The move was made in response to the overwhelming success of a pilot program launched last year that provided 9,000 trash cans to residents in the Belair-Edison and Mondawmin area. The new 64-gallon trash cans can hold up to four regular-sized garbage bags and have two wheels along with a tight fitting lid. City garbage trucks will be retrofitted with lifts that will upend the receptacle, allowing the trash to slide out. This feature will reduce the amount of heavy lifting required of sanitation workers. Trash collection is difficult and often dangerous work.  A report issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health placed waste management workers in the top three job classifications to have the greatest risk of falling, and sixth in having the greatest number of fatalities in th

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