Backing into Trouble

Backing is the most common type of accident involving our industry’s trucks and contributes to 25% of all traffic accidents. What can you do to avoid the dangers of backing? Avoid backing by planning ahead. Alert your supervisor or dispatch if a container or stop could be changed to eliminate or minimize backing. Use a spotter, if possible. STOP. Check your surroundings, mirrors and monitors. Sound your horn before backing. Backup alarms, cameras and detection systems are common devices used to prevent backing accidents. Do Not back with a rider on the rear step. Do Not back if your mirrors..  - Read More

New Year's Resolution for Safety

75% of New Year’s Resolutions are aimed at spending more time with Friends and Family, Health and Self Improvement. The best way to ensure these happen is to resolve to work safely. The key to success is focusing on 1 or 2 very specific goals. Pledge to: Avoid Backing. Use Proper Following Distance. Follow Lockout/Tagout. Use Proper Lifting Techniques. Use Three Points of Contact when climbing. Getting hurt on the job not only affects your work, but your personal life as well. Work safe to enjoy life! *Blog courtesy of National Waste and Recycling Association.  For more information visit  - Read More

Covering the Brake

Covering the Brake is a Defensive Driving technique where the driver places their right foot over the brake pedal but not touching the pedal. BENEFITS: Reduces speed by foot not being on the accelerator. Faster reaction time if braking is needed. WHEN TO COVER THE BRAKE: When approaching a traffic light. While driving past cars parked on the side of the road. When approaching a school crosswalk, pedestrian crosswalk, or playground area. When approaching an intersection or traffic circle. When approaching an area where children, bicyclists or other pedestrians are on or near the road. *Blog courtesy of National Waste..  - Read More

Prepare for the Unexpected

Protect yourself from unexpected hazards in household waste: Always wear puncture resistant gloves while working. Look at what you are picking up, before grabbing it. Do not use your body to compress a trash bag or cardboard box Do not pick up Red Bag waste, Sharps Containers, Biohazard labeled containers and/or needles. If you see these items, stop and notify your supervisor. Use tools to pickup/cleanup broken glass, knives, razor blades and other sharp objects. Do not handle these objects if they appear to have blood or bodily fluids on them, notify your supervisor *Blog courtesy of National..  - Read More

Hazardous Noice Can be Anywhere

Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are exposed to hazardous noise at work.Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss that neither surgery nor a hearing aid can help correct. Short-term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or ringing in your ears (tinnitus) and may go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the noisy area. However, repeated exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss. The effects of hearing loss can interfere with your ability to enjoy time with..  - Read More

Driving is a Privilege that Carries Responsibilities

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) provides a certain level of freedom, but also carries tremendous responsibility. When driving a 10,000 pound truck, responsibility comes in many forms, including: Focusing on the road at all times Driving defensively Following the rules of the road The role of a driver with a CDL is not only to run a collection route and/or make deliveries to a warehouse or drop a load at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), but also to protect others on the road. Distraction and inattention for just a couple of seconds can lead to fatal accidents. Consider this scenario:..  - Read More

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