While accidents can happen in any workplace, operating a garbage truck has proven time and time again to be particularly dangerous. For example, a 30-year-old sanitation worker was killed by a closing tailgate.

The worker and the garbage truck operator finished unloading their truck and were conducting a quick inspection. Th operator then signaled to the worker to stand back to lower the tailgate.

While the tailgate was lowering, the worker tried to reach into the truck to remove an object. The closing tailgate crushed his head and killed him instantly. The co-worker found the body while continuing the inspection.

Proper training* and education can prevent accidents like this one from occurring. Every worker involved with garbage truck operations should be fully trained and understand safety standards associated with garbage trucks.