Waste Management Advises Public on Cold Weather Safety Precautions

Tragedy can result when individuals climb into waste dumpsters

Posted: Nov 2, 2020 12:51 PM

Lafayette, LA. – (Nov. 2, 2020) – Given the recent cooler temperatures, Waste Management reminds the community that waste containers should not be used as shelter from winter conditions.
Waste Management makes safety a priority when handling community waste. Although people may look at a waste container as providing options for more than just the disposal of trash, waste containers are pieces of heavy industrial equipment, serviced by heavy collection trucks with hydraulic crushing equipment. Tragedy can result when people climb into waste containers. If a person is inside a dumpster when it is emptied into a trash truck, there is significant risk of injury or death.

“Waste Management requests that the community please stay out of waste containers, for your safety, and for the safety of our drivers,” said Tony Franco, area safety director. “We understand individuals may go to great lengths to seek cover from inclement weather. However, if someone is inside a waste container when it is emptied, there is a significant risk of injury or death. By working with our customers and exercising additional vigilance, we hope to reduce this risk.”

Waste Management requests that all individuals please stay out of waste dumpsters, for their safety, and for the safety of our drivers and helpers. This way, together, unintended mishaps can be avoided.

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