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

2016 World of Concrete Round Up

By Tamara Humpherys on February 18, 2016

World of Concrete is the top event for concrete and masonry professionals and this year’s show was the largest in seven years. With over 60,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors, the show grew substantially from its 2015 numbers.  

Not only are attendees able to check out the latest equipment offerings, concrete, construction, and engineering professionals are also able to take care of their continuing education while attending the show. From interactive workshops and specialized seminars to hands-on skill-building sessions, World of Concrete’s world-class education program equips field personnel, project leaders, supervisors and owners with the latest knowledge in every facet of the professional concrete business.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Operator Education, World of Concrete

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Accidents and Litigation

By Dale Hessing on December 29, 2015

One thing is certain, one day your organization will be faced with litigation as a result of an accident that involves your fleet. The severity of the accident, where it occurred and the circumstances surrounding the collision will be analyzed to prove any negligence committed by you, the carrier and/or the operator.

John Cruickshank, an attorney with Alaniz and Schraeder, recently participated on a panel with PRECO Electronics and shared his belief that “a lawsuit avoided is better than a lawsuit won.” It is with this belief that we put forth below our Top 5 Tips for avoiding accidents and litigation.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Collision Mitigation, Operator Education, Best Practices, Telematics

Rising Above the Noise

By Tom Loutzenheiser on November 13, 2015

Every operator is responsible for their vehicle and the surrounding environment.  Simply going through the motions, regardless of the industry, is no longer an option.  The ramifications are significant and can result in loss of life, financial loss, and/or shutting down of the workplace.

These are the pressures of the job that an operator faces on a daily basis!

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Topics: Safety Technology, Operator Education, Telematics

Operator Safety: Education, Education, Education

By Tamara Humpherys on October 8, 2015

Safety technology education at the operator level is paramount to the success of any organization’s use of heavy-duty equipment. 

A recent article profiled “,” a new website aimed at educating the average consumer in terms of the safety technology that is a part of new cars.  The technology ranges from backup cameras, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning systems, anti-locking braking systems, as well as a host of other technology that is focused on making driving safer.  The introduction of is a part of larger national education campaign that is being launched later this year as a collaborative effort with the University of Iowa and the National Safety Council.

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Topics: Safety Technology, Proactive Safety, Operator Education

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