Every year at about this time--after the tryptophan-induced turkey coma has worn off, when there's no more football to watch and the holiday shopping sprees are over--comes the news reports from the holiday weekend. You read the all-too-familiar stories about tragic accidents at Black Friday events.
For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, to share a meal together and be grateful for all you have. However, the risk of injury during this time of year surges--which can quickly turn a light-hearted occasion into a sobering trip to the emergency room.
Thanksgiving is a time to get away from work obligations and get together with family and friends. In addition to camaraderie and interesting, if repeated, family stories, the celebration often centers around a large, elaborate meal. For some families, this means roasting a turkey for hours on end throughout the day. For others, it means dropping the bird into a deep fryer.
Working in the garbage industry is more dangerous than you might think. In any physically demanding job, there's a chance of injury. But a refuse worker's chance of injury--and even death--on the job is surprisingly high.