Preventing Injury to Pikitup workers
Pikitup Appeals to the Residents of Johannesburg
Pikitup appeals to residents to refrain from placing sharp objects such as broken glass in plastic bags for disposal. This appeal is made after a recent incident in Norwood, where a Pikitup employee was seriously injured by broken glass in a plastic refuse bag.
The injury occurred when a piece of broken glass pierced through the bag that the worker was picking up; cutting through his protective glove and seriously injuring his middle finger. The injury was so brutal that the tip of his finger had to be amputated.
The incident took place during routine garbage collection and the sad part is that it was completely preventable. Says Marius de Villiers, Pikitup’s Communications Manager “We would like to urge the residents of Johannesburg to dispose of their sharp and hazardous domestic items in their 240 litrewheelie bins and not to place it in additional bags next to you bin. If for some reason you still do not have a 240 litre bin, such objects should be securely rapped in protective material such as newspaper before placing it in a refuse bag.
Residents who are in possession of a wheelie bin but find that one bin is not sufficient to hold their volume of waste, should consider renting more bins to prevent the need to put out additional plastic bags for collection.
“For more information on how to obtain your bin or order additional bins please contact the Pikitup Contact Centre on (011) 712 5200 .