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As printed in The Marketplace - May/June 2018

Next time you take garbage to the curb, share a word or a prayer for the person who picks it up. In the US, it is a dangerous profession. Injuries and deaths per total number of workers among trash collectors put them in the top risk level, along with fishermen, roofers and loggers according to a Pro Publica report.

Over 300 workers in the US waste industry lose their lives every year, mostly involving private companies. Working six days a week, 10-14 hours a day contributes to fatigue. Equipment problems, fires and sharp objects are among the occupational hazards. ◆