Montgomery County hosts event to promote waste hauler safety

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Waste Haul drivers have the 5th deadliest occupation in the United States. 

This week as trucks drive through the Montgomery County Solid Waste South Facility in Moraine, they will get a packet.

The county hopes the information in the packet goes a long way in creating a safer work environment. 

“I’ve worked with a lot of these guys. I’ve trained a lot of these drivers. What we are trying to do is make sure everybody goes home safe at night,” said James Profitt, Ohio’s safety ambassador for the Solid Waste Association of North America. 

The Montgomery County Solid Waste Facility is the midway point before trash heads to the dump. 

As trucks enter the facility, they get a packet. 

Profitt, who has worked in this industry for three decades, has lost 3 co-workers. 

“They are around a lot of different people. People are trying to pass them because they are slow. They are moving stop to stop. Holding up traffic,” said Profitt. 

The dangers of the job stretch into county facilities. 

The booklet breaks down rules for county employees and other waste hauling companies. Some rules include, no 2-way radio or cellphone use at the station and always staying within 5 feet of a truck. 

There are also several health related tips, like how to spot heat exhaustion. 

“This is actually a first time deal here. And as the safety ambassador for Ohio, I’m trying to promote this all across the state at all the disposal facilities,” said Profitt. 

The county expects to hand out 600 safety packets between Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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