In our experience, safety is a number one concern for both municipal waste organizations and private haulers.
An article published in HealthDay indicates that between 1980 and 1992, 450 sanitation workers died in incidents involving refuse collection: two third of these deaths were vehicle related. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited in the article, the risk of injury and death in the industry hasn’t improved much since then. Results of a recent poll show that garbage trucks are noticed, but that two-third of American admitted they won’t slow down around a garbage trucks when driving.
The US Department of Transportation’s vision of connected vehicle technology is to make surface transportation systems smarter and safer. The waste and recycling industry shares this vision for their refuse collection fleets and are increasingly implementing connected or “smart” technologies to ensure a 360-degree view of the truck, driver and surrounding areas.
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