Quality training is the key. Simply giving a safety meeting is not quality training! Follow through on all near misses and holding people accountable.
Not in all cases, but in many instances people disregard warnings and training and fail to take personal accountability. People do not assess the situation and weigh the consequences. The little sign at the intersection turns white with the little figure that says its ok to walk to the other side and we stop taking the personal responsibility to still look both ways before we cross. Our culture is instant gratification, so we are all in a hurry and get distracted from caution.
While there may be a lack of emphasis on safety by the smaller contractors, the larger problem is the lack of caution shown by the driving public. Too often, drivers fail to slow down, or drive by collection vehicles because they are not willing to wait. The result is more accidents of every kind, including fatalities.
I believe a combination of items. Some due to non industry workers (the public), some are due to manual load, some due to lack of a "safety" culture among workers and employers. I would opt that the problem may lie more with the "public" as not paying attention to the workers. There are too many "near" misses caused by inattentive customers/public.
Lack of good supervison, and the supervisor's inability to develop a team concept with his/her crew which makes the employees believe production is more important then safety. The drivers do the work with the belief that a disaster won't happen the them, until it's too late. They need to understand that "it's your safety, It's your life, and It's your choice."
In the case of city commercial collection I feel noise bylaws and time limited streets for heavy trucks have lowered the time availiabe for the heavy trucks to do their collections while both the increased number of people rushing on foot and extended rush hour trafic both add panic to the cars and coupled with more waste trucks at these times have resulted in more fatalities
Training is key. Detailed, qualified training with regular refresher sessions. Also a company that will accept nothing less than complete awareness and compliance.
Lack of Safety Training
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