Increase safety measures for Sanitation Worker
  • Petitioned Michael Bloomberg

This petition was delivered to:

NYC Mayor
Michael Bloomberg
NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner
John Doherty

Increase safety measures for Sanitation Worker

    1. Karen Rizak
    2. Petition by

      Karen Rizak

I want a law passed protecting the safety of Sanitation Workers while they are doing their job. There should be no passing a garbage truck while loading is happening and cars should be required to keep back 50 feet. Sanitation workers, work behind the truck to do their job and should not have to worry about a car hitting them, while they are doing their job

 

Why should people care?

I know New York's Strongest gets the back burner for most things but that does not mean that the men and women that keep our city clean do not deserve the same protection as New York's Bravest, Boldest and Finest. 
At approximately 6,000 sanitation workers of 57 different garages across New York's 5 boroughs, there are numerous on the job injuries happening daily. Many of these injuries happen from negligent drivers trying to pass the garbage truck or are not paying attention at all and crash into the back of the truck. On Saturday, June 1, 2013, a sanitation worker was hit and pinned behind the garbage truck. He suffered 2 broken legs and a broken arm. This sort of thing happens ALL the time but no one knows about it. 

I am petitioning Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty. I am asking you to please sign this petition to help pass a law to increase safety measures for Sanitation workers. Thank you.

To:
Michael Bloomberg, NYC Mayor
John Doherty, NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner
Increase safety measures for Sanitation Workers. Too many of the NY Department of Sanitation workers are injured everyday due to negligent drivers. Please pass a law that prevents drivers from passing a truck while loading is going on and a minimum of 50 feet distance behind the back of the truck.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Council Member Vincent Gentile sponsors bill

      Karen Rizak
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday June 10th, the necessary paper work was submitted to the city to request a law be put in place that gives Sanitation workers the same protection as police, fire and other emergency vehicles with flashing lights.

      This is one more step towards protecting the safety of our city's sanitation workers.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Brown PALM SPRINGS, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I just lost my brother in law to death on the job ,Because hic company did not follow OSHA rules if they did he woulb be alive today. He fell 75 feet to his death

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    • Alex Tovar FARMINGDALE, NY
      • 10 months ago

      As a sanitation worker I myself have had many close calls. I definitely support this but would also like to see this get passed state wide. Cuomo listen up, we need this passed!

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    • Anthony Schwarz WIND GAP, PA
      • 11 months ago

      retired sanman

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    • michael foltz BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      EVERYONE should be safer doing their job, no matter what the occupation.

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    • STEPHEN ONDROVIC PORT ST LUCIE, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      IM A RETIRED SANMAN I WAS HIT BY A CAR.ALSO A CAR HIT THE BACK OF THE TRUCK AND WENT ON FIRE.

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