Picking up trash from homes and businesses is not the easiest job under normal conditions.
Add in a pandemic and it becomes all that more challenging, even potentially hazardous.
Bus drivers, sawmill workers, and commercial businesses all faced new hurdles and changes in the way they’ve conducted their daily approaches to work for much of the past year, especially early on in the pandemic last spring.
“A lot of guys were just afraid of being out,” said Steven Straub, a garbage hauler and supervisor with Fred Hamm Inc., Jersey Shore. “It was the garbage you had to worry about. People don’t always tie their bags. There was a fear factor.”
Dylan Hamm, vice president of Fred Hamm Inc., said it was a time of shutdowns and layoffs.
As a result, the company found itself with canceled commercial contracts and faced with the prospect of laying off people.
“We just tried to take care of our guys the best we can. We relied on the Paycheck Protection Program to do that. We are still waiting on that,” he…