Montgomery County Hosts Event to Promote Waste Hauler Safety

On July 24 and 25, the Montgomery County Solid Waste District will pass out safety information to all visiting waste hauler drivers, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Waste hauler employees work in the fifth most dangerous occupation in the United States. In 2017, 38 solid waste workers were killed on the job, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). In addition, more than 80 people died last year as a result of collisions with waste collection vehicles.

Montgomery County Operations Manager James Profitt, who is also the Safety Ambassador for the Ohio Chapter of SWANA, will pass out safety information packets, called the “Hauler Outreach Toolkit,” to waste haulers. The toolkit, which was developed by SWANA, includes information such as “Driver Responsibilities,” “SWANA’s Pledge to Get Home Safe,” and “Top 10 Backing Best Practices.”

“We expect to pass out packets to over 600 drivers over the two days,” Profitt said. “The Montgomery County Solid Waste District takes safety very seriously and we want the waste haulers who come to our facility to do the same.” Other SWANA chapters throughout the United States and Canada will be distributing similar information at events at landfills, transfer stations, and recycling centers in coming months, according to SWANA CEO David Biderman.

This initiative is in preparation for the nationwide Safe+Sound week on August 13-19, which is hosted by OSHA and supported by SWANA and other agencies around the country. The Safe+Sound event is aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of safety and health programs in the workplace.

“Driver fatigue and distracted driving are no joke. We hope this safety toolkit will help remind our local haulers about the critical importance of safety, and will reduce the number of accidents and fatalities in the industry,” Profitt said.

You can find an interactive map listing all the participating organizations at www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek.