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David Biderman: Increasing Awareness to Improve Safety in the Solid Waste Industry

By Tamara Humpherys on May 16, 2017

By David Biderman, Executive Director & CEO of
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

When I tell people who are not in the solid waste industry that refuse and recycling collection is the 5th most deadly job in the United States, they are almost always amazed. The public doesn’t realize that thousands of men and women are putting their lives on the line each day to take care of their garbage.

But to those who work the routes or send employees out each day, the dangers of the job are far too real. In 2016 alone, SWANA recorded 46 worker fatalities in the US, half of which were drivers and helpers out collecting garbage. It is simply unacceptable to have so many people die on the job. These are parents, grandparents, spouses, sons and daughters who are not coming home to their families at the end of the day.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Operator Education, Waste Safety, Slow Down toGet Around, Safety Awareness

Improving Worker Safety in the Solid Waste Industry

By Greg Spiropulos on May 4, 2017

When the average citizen sees a waste collection crew rumbling down the street, they probably don’t realize that they’re witnessing people engaged in the fifth-deadliest occupation in America. Refuse and recycling materials collection is preceded only by roofing, aircraft piloting, fishing, and logging in the ranks of most dangerous occupations.

According to OSHA, 25% of waste management-related accidents are the result of slips and falls when drivers and helpers enter or exit vehicles. Another 25% of accidents occur when trucks and equipment are backing up.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Waste Safety, Object Detection, Backing Accidents

PRECO Recognizes Two Recipients of 2016 Safety in Motion Award

By Tamara Humpherys on January 19, 2017

PRECO Electronics proudly announces the 2016 Safety in Motion Award recipients as Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) David Biderman and City of Oxnard Environmental Resources Division’s George Van Hemert.  Both recipients have continually demonstrated their unparalleled commitment to safety to distinguish themselves as leaders in safety.

The 2016 Safety in Motion Award also recognized Clint McGinty of Phoenix Services and James Zertuche of NAPCO Precast as finalists for this year’s award. Both runners-up continue to drive safety within their companies and industries. PRECO congratulates them on their nominations and recognition for being finalists for the 2016 Safety in Motion Award.

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Topics: Waste Safety, Safety in Motion Award

Workforce Safety and Health Initiatives are on the Rise

By Leslie Miiller on November 22, 2016

To counter the rise of injuries and deaths that stretch across heavy-duty industries, both on-road and off-road, initiatives that aim to promote workforce health and safety are being adopted countrywide.

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Topics: Worksite Safety, Waste Safety, Mining Safety

Europe’s First Wireless Safety Solution for the Waste Industry Showcased at IFAT

By Doug Whitfield on June 3, 2016

Preco’s PreView® Wireless WorkSight® solution was unveiled and demonstrated at this year’s IFAT Conference, held in Munich, Germany May 30-June 3.  Preco demonstrated its new solution within MEKRA Lang’s IFAT booth located in Hall C4, Stand 116.  MEKRAtronics, a business division of MEKRA Lang GmbH & Co. KG, is a premiere distributor of Preco’s active safety products within Europe.

Available for the first time in Europe, Preco’s Wireless WorkSight addresses the needs of the waste and recycling market with a proven and cost effective solution that improves the efficiency of the operator and the safety of the surrounding work environment. 

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Topics: Waste Safety, Active Safety, Wireless Safety, MEKRA Lang, Wireless WorkSight

Waste Industry Sees Improved Efficiency With Wireless Safety Solution

By Tom Loutzenheiser on June 2, 2016

Preco Electronics’ wireless collision mitigation system is changing the Waste Industry’s use and understanding of active safety solutions.

Developed with the same rugged and advanced features as the entire Preco line of safety solutions, PreView® Wireless WorkSight® eliminates the body cables and reduces the installation time for its customers and OEM partners. 

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Waste Safety, PreView Radar, Wireless Safety, Wireless WorkSight

Waste Safety Highlight of NWRA Safety Stand Down

By Tamara Humpherys on January 26, 2016

The National Waste & Recycling Association launched the Safety Stand Down initiative this week in an effort to further draw attention to the dangers that come with working in the waste and recycling industry.

During the week-long campaign, participating waste and recycling companies will conduct risk assessments at job sites and review safety policies and procedures for backing; review company policies, procedures, consider enhancements and then train employees on any changes.

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Topics: Proactive Safety, Worksite Safety, Safety Stand Down, Waste Safety

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