I’ll never look at trash removal crews the same

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“With less experienced helpers, Caban taught them what they needed to know. “Place your back, your legs, and your arms like if you’re swinging a golf club,” he explained. Swinging a bag like a baseball bat will risk spraying garbage juice in your partner’s eyes or mouth. Hold the bag away from your body to avoid gashes from glass. For lighter bags, use a down-and-up-and-over torso twist-swing. For heavier ones, over 70 or 80 pounds, do a full 360-degree spin-and-drag move, not unlike an Olympic hammer throw, using the weight of the bag to gain momentum.”

The above paragraph is just one paragraph from a really disturbing article that appeared in ProPublica titled ” Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection” by Kiera Feldman.  As a safety professional, I’m sure you will be as disturbed by the working conditions of these nighttime, private garbage collectors. I will never look at them the same way again. To read the article, click here.

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