According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 150,000 work site accidents reported each year, which also include recycling plant accidents and injuries. Given the growing demand for more green practices, including recycling, the number of recycling plants is growing, as is the need for workers. Unfortunately, at times the growth is so quick, plants do not have time to implement and carry out proper safety protocol, which can result in accidents and injuries.
Injuries suffered at recycling plants can be severe including burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, back injuries, damage to feet and/or hands, broken bones and much more. A few recent examples involving injuries at recycling plants include:
- May 2009 – A man is killed in an Indiana lumber recycling plant when he was struck by a front-end loader, the second fatality at this particular plant. The first occurred in 2007 when a fire killed a worker and severely injured another due to safety violations.
- April 2011 – A woman is killed in a Renton, Washington recycling plant when she got caught in a machine.
- October 2012 - An employee working at a recycling plant in the UK who was caught in a waste compactor and baling machine died from the horrific injuries sustained in the accident.
- April 2013 – A pedestrian is struck down and killed by a truck at a recycling plant in Napa County, California.
- August 2013 - A Rialto man is killed after he was struck by a skip loader at a recycling plant.
- November 2013 – A worker died as the result of a forklift crushing accident at an Indianapolis recycling plant.
- March 2014 – A fire fueled by plastic, rags, cardboard, and paper broke out at a Brooklyn recycling plant. It took over 200 firefighters to put out the fire, given the combustible nature of the materials.
If you have a legal question about an injury sustained at a recycling plant or other workplace, you can make an appointment for a free consultation or call us with your questions. If we decide to take your case, there is no fee unless we win.