Injuries among solid waste collectors in the private versus public sectors

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Solid waste collection is among the occupations with the highest risk for injuries and illnesses. Solid waste collector injuries were characterized in terms of injury risk and employment industry sector (public versus private) using Kentucky workers' compensation first reports of injury and claims data. When compared to 35-44-year-old workers, solid waste collectors who were under 35 years of age were less likely to have a workers' compensation first report of injury or claim that resulted in awarded benefits. The probability that a workers' compensation first report of injury or claim would result in an awarded benefit was higher if the worker was employed as a solid waste collector in the private sector compared to the public sector, or was injured due to a motor vehicle-related injury or a push-or-pull type of injury. A better understanding of the differences in the contributing factors for an injury that results in a first report of injury or claim with awarded benefits (e.g. job activities, new and refresher worker safety training, type of equipment used, differences in collection vehicle automation, and differential reporting of injuries on the job) between the public and private sectors is necessary to target injury prevention strategies in this high-risk occupation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1043-1052
Number of pages10
JournalWaste Management and Research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 2U60OH008483-06 from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Grant number: 2U60OH008483-06.


  • Solid waste
  • age
  • injuries
  • private sector
  • public sector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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