DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - All drivers are aware they need to slow down when they see a school bus or emergency vehicle, but what about garbage trucks?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics now ranks waste and recycling collection as the 4th most dangerous job in the United States.
Once a week, in every neighborhood, the big truck shows up, collecting garbage and recyclables and whether you realize it, crew members are putting their lives at risk.
"During the time I have been here, we have lost two employees on their routes," said Thomas Ritchie, Jr., City of Dayton Waste Collection.
You may not think about it, but waste collectors are sharing the roads with some people who are reckless, distracted and impatient drivers.
These workers aren't protected from traffic when they hop from their posts and grab your trash.
"Terrified at times, but we always watching," said Thomas Johnston.
The crew of three City of Dayton waste collectors knows how dangerous their job can be. "I hit the horn if a car is coming," said Debbie Mellon, City of Dayton.
Debbie drives a big rig and serves as lookout, sometimes angling the truck on a tight street to protect William and Thomas from drivers who ignore their presence.
"They tell me how close it's been, a foot, one foot from getting hit by a car."
The Environmental Industry Association is now urging drivers to respect waste collectors and "slow down to get around".
"We'd like them to show caution, come up to a truck that's driving slowly or stopped. If you see it coming, someone is gonna be around carrying garbage to a truck."
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