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Nov. 23, 2021

Safety In Waste Collection Occupations | Human Factors Minute | #TeamSeas Bonus Episode

Safety In Waste Collection Occupations | Human Factors Minute | #TeamSeas Bonus Episode

Safety is a large concern in waste collection as it has a higher than average fatal injury rate when compared to industry.


Safety is a large concern in waste collection as it has a higher than average fatal injury rate when compared to industry. Waste collection work is associated with a variety of physical, chemical, and biological hazards. Some studies and reports suggest that fatal injuries when exposed to these hazards are more than doubling when considering door-to-door waste collection occupations. Waste collectors are required to perform tasks that involve Frequent lifting of heavy loads, high repetitive tasks, long work durations and insufficient recovery times. These are seen are significant risk factors that may result in chronic injuries and diseases. Human factors plays an important role in improving safety for workers by implementing several human factors principles when considering the design of products, processes, and procedures. Some of these include: Training operators on proper lifting techniques Increasing frequency of collection to reduce overall weight of containers suggesting rotation of staffing to reduce fatigue in single individuals and ergonomic improvements of the collection bins and trucks to be easier to maneuver or use by operators These are just some of the ways in which Human Factors can contribute to ensure minimal waste makes it to the ocean To donate to #teamseas or to find out more about the #teamseas campaign, visit teamseas.org

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Matteo Vinci

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Trying to get the technical career/pathway I had previously, restarted again.

Previous experience in IT, Communications, Control Systems, Electronics and Rail.

Assembling, installing, operating, maintaining/troubleshooting, and operating systems/technologies.

Always looking at opportunities for improvement, to innovate while still meeting core objectives.

Safety has always been a priority and ensuring an open dialogue around reporting issues.