NWRA Chairman Harvey Submits Written Testimony Before House Transportation Committee
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Posted by: Brandon Wright
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2019
NWRA CHAIRMAN BEN HARVEY SUBMITS TESTIMONY BEFORE
HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
Harvey Urges Congress to Support Incentives to Encourage States to Adopt “Move Over” Laws
for Waste and Recycling Workers
Arlington, VA – NWRA Chairman Ben Harvey submitted written testimony for the record on behalf of the association before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee for their hearing on “Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of our Nation’s Roadways.” Harvey called attention to the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) named the waste and recycling collector as the fifth most dangerous occupation and that in 2017 “Waste and Recycling” had 33 fatalities, of which 23 were transportation related.
Harvey urged Congress to use federal infrastructure legislation or surface transportation appropriations as a vehicle to enact incentives for states to adopt “Move Over” laws that include waste and recycling collection workers similar to the incentives it uses to encourage states to set and keep their legal drinking age at 21 years old. He stated, “This is an opportunity for Congress to make a real difference in improving safety with minimal effort and no additional cost.”
“Move Over laws carry an important message - take your time and slow down around waste and recycling collection trucks,” said Darrell Smith, President and CEO of National Waste and Recycling Association. “NWRA member companies have been diligent in providing advanced safety training for drivers and those who hop-off the trucks to make collections. However, distracted drivers operating near a collection truck are a major hazard for waste collection workers.”
NWRA has been at the forefront of efforts to expand state “Move Over” laws to include waste and recycling vehicles.
The National Waste and Recycling Association represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states, and include companies that manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.
ABOUT BEN HARVEY AND E. L. HARVEY & SONS INC.
Ben Harvey serves as Chairman of NWRA and is the President of E. L. Harvey & Sons Inc. located in Westborough, Mass. E. L. Harvey & Sons is a full-service waste and recycling firm that provides services for commercial and industrial corporations and municipalities throughout eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine.
National Waste and Recycling Association