My Manual Waste Management Job Really Wreaks Havoc on My Back

My Manual Waste Management Job Really Wreaks Havoc on My Back

Have your ever thought about the work of a garbage man? Well, a waste management worker? That is me. I pick up what people throw out and toss it into the back of a truck. Some routes are all automated. The driver uses a hydraulic lift to pick up the cans and dump them. Some routes are manual. That is where I come in. I ride the back of the truck and empty the cans. I actually make a decent amount of money doing this, and it is my San Leandro chiropractor that keeps me working.

I remember one incident where I was about three hours into my shift of lifting cans and bags and throwing them into the back of the truck. Then I grabbed this one can and yanked my back out trying to lift it. The owner had tried to hide bricks in plastic bags hoping we would haul them away. I left the can, and I walked away with a sore back. It took me about three weeks of regular visits to my San Leandro chiropractor to get over that one. Another time someone had a metal can set out that had heavy duty bags filled with cooking grease and oil. I left that can too as it felt like it weighed a ton and we do not take that stuff in our trucks.

I have even missed a step getting back on or off the back of the truck and jarred my back. However, my chiropractor keeps me working. I am more leery of what is in cans now, but I just give a second to take a visual inspection before trying to lift them. My new trick is to pop the lid and wobble the can. If it does not easily lever to the side a little, then it is too heavy to lift. I am not breaking my back because of residents trying to get away with things they should not be throwing out.

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