Waste Management – Claiming Employer Negligence
The waste sector in the UK employs only 0.4% of the British workforce but is responsible for some of the highest rates of occupational illness, work injury and death in comparison to all industry types. The collection of waste, as well as the treatment, disposal or material recovery from it seems like a fairly innocuous business – we see rubbish collection on a routine basis to keep our towns and cities clean. Very rarely does this collection seem troublesome for employees. However, behind the scenes there are a great many hazards that can cause injury which waste management workers face. Manual handling, slips trips and falls, moving or falling objects and contact with machinery are some of the most common accidents types the waste sector must deal with.
Waste management is spread quite consistently throughout the UK as a whole. Only in regions of high population density, like in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow would you find a greater demand for waste handling. This means this sector’s workforce is quite diverse, yet operationally similar, which makes the high rates of stress, anxiety and depression quite concerning. Waste workers are also at high risk or musculoskeletal disorders, lung diseases – like occupational asthma – and work-related skin conditions.
Claim compensation for an injury or illness from working in waste management with our solicitors.
There has been an estimated annual average of 6,000 waste sector employees coping with a new or aggravated work-related illness or disease. There are also 4,000 workers sustaining injuries from accidents. In 2018/19, 7 waste workers lost their lives, with just under a third from making contact with moving machinery. Whilst the scope of hazards is limited in the waste sector, the volume of them in a concentrated workforce shows that there is clearly room for health and safety improvement. We work with employees suffering from unsafe workplaces or practices to claim compensation.
Regardless of how you’ve been affected, speak to our team if the problem is a result of your waste management employer. We can help you build a case for compensation on a no win, no fee* basis. Our team is available 24/7 on 08082391859 and will give you a free claim assessment and guide you through your claim with expert advice and knowledge of the pitfalls of working in the waste sector.
What are the most common causes of waste management accidents resulting in injury?
Of the 4,000 workers afflicted by injury, some 3/4s of them resulted in more than 7 working days lost. This is often an indicator of the severity of the injury, as most injuries will restrict working ability after being patched-up, but rarely incapacitate workers completely for so long. The rate of injuries per worker is also almost double that of the UK average. The most reported accidents causing injury in waste management are:
- Manual handling
- Slip, trip and fall injuries
- Being struck by moving of falling objects
- Falls from heights
- Being hit by a moving vehicle
- Striking against a fixed or stationary thing.
- Contact with moving machinery
What occupational illness are typical in the waste management sector?
With an average of 6,000 cases of ill-health cases a year for workers in waste management, musculoskeletal disorders and stress, depression & anxiety count for over a third each of the total figure. Other conditions inclusive of the total occupational illness figure in waste workers are skin diseases, such as contact dermatitis, and respiratory conditions, like lung disease, often in the form of occupational asthma.
Generally, these type of work-related illness cases aren’t the easiest to claim compensation for, but they can leave a devastating long-term impact on the quality of life for those suffering. If you feel like you have a reason to seek compensation against your employer, speak to our team of experts today on 08082391859. We will be able to give you a free claim assessment and offer impartial advice.
What accidents are causing fatalities in waste management workers?
The 7 total fatalities of waste workers can be split into 3 major accident groups: lethal contact with moving machinery, being stuck by moving vehicles and injuries from moving or falling objects. Coincidentally, contact with moving machinery is one of the least common causes of injury, which means that when such accidents happen, they are often likely to be lethal. This raises further concern over how such mechanical hazards are dealt with, potentially through lack of hazard highlighting, training or insufficient safety features.
These types of accident are fairly in keeping with the duties of waste workers, which calls into question the safety of routine waste management practices, especially since the rate of fatalities in the waste sector is 17 times higher than that of the average for UK industry.
Can I claim on behalf of a loved one who has died or is seriously suffering after working in the waste sector?
Yes, we can help loved ones claim compensation for the loss of life, or if that person has become seriously ill or disabled. We aim to seek damages to help support families during such tragedies to do what we can to ease the burden. Speak to us whenever it suits you on 08082391859 for friendly and empathetic advice.
What advantages do I have if I claim for employer negligence compensation against waste companies with Friends Legal?
- We have a team of technical qualifiers who can assess your claim for free. If they feel you have a case, we bring your claim to one of our panel solicitors – that way you don’t run up any legal fees by just asking questions.
- Our telephony team is open 24hrs a day, but you can leave them a message with our contact form, and they’ll get back to you within a few working days.
- Our panel of employer liability solicitors can work on a no win, no fee* basis, meaning again, you’re not drumming up expensive legal fees by claiming for your personal injury or illness.
- Our team covers the whole of the UK, and you’ll be assigned to a panel solicitor depending on if you’re in England and Wales, or Scotland.
- We have helped many people claim compensation who have worked in waste management.
- We can also help with rehabilitation; arranging physio or in harsher situations, surgery and medical treatment. We offer a whole accident management package.
- We have a UK call centre, based in Manchester, and come from all walks of life.
- We fight for the maximum compensation for you, because ultimately your job is to make the company successful and they should at least ensure your safety in exchange.
- When we calculate your claim amount, we factor in loss of earnings, general expenses and any ongoing costs incurred, so that you get the highest level of compensation due to you.
- We’re friendly, empathetic and here to help you however we can.
Get in touch with our employer negligence solicitors** today to find out if and how much compensation you could claim.
If you’ve suffered because of work in waste management and your employer is at fault, call our helpline today on 08082391859 to start your claim – we’re here to help.