Driving Safety TipsPosted
Working in the Waste and Recycling Collection field annually ranks as one of the deadliest jobs in America. Many of these fatal accidents can be prevented by simply engaging in a few safe driving techniques.
Safety is our top priority at Penn Waste. In order to ensure that our employees are able to work in a safe environment, we ask drivers to follow these key tips when around any waste or recycling collection vehicle.
- Slow Down
When approaching a truck, slow down and stop, if necessary, to allow the workers to complete their job.
- Look for Workers
Workers are frequently getting on and off the truck. Be sure to look for workers before attempting to pass a truck.
- Check for Traffic
Be sure to check for traffic approaching from the opposite direction before proceeding around the truck.
- Avoid Distractions
Avoid distractions like eating, texting, changing the radio station or talking on your cell phone when maneuvering near a waste collection or recycling truck.
- Stay back at least two car lengths
Leave distance between you and the collection vehicle. Objects can drift out of the back of the truck and onto your vehicle while the truck is in operation, if you are too close. Our trucks sometimes need to move in reverse as well. Staying back from the truck will ensure that our drivers are able to see you to avoid any accidents.
- Be Patient
We are working to complete collection in a timely manner. Please be patient with our employees as they complete their jobs, especially in poor weather. While our crews are actively collecting material, please do not pass in order to ensure a safe environment for you and our employees.
- Wide Turns
Our collection vehicles take wide turns. Please allow the ample space needed for our vehicles to make a turn effectively.
Please be sure to keep these tips in mind while travelling around any waste and recycling collection vehicles.
If you would like to learn more about safety at Penn Waste, visit our safety page on our website.