Fatality at CA Waste Firm Brings Safety Fines

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 05:05 PM gHale

Consolidated Disposal Services LLC, which does business as Republic Services, is facing $71,435 in fines for four serious violations when a security guard at the company’s dumpster yard in Gardena, CA, ended up fatally struck by a truck while working in the early morning hours, said officials at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA).

Cal/OSHA inspectors determined the employer failed to provide adequate lighting and traffic controls to prevent struck-by hazards from haulage vehicles.

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In one violation, Republic Services failed to effectively implement their company’s written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).

In another violation, the natural or artificial illumination provided for the GS4 Secure Solutions security guard by Republic Services as he was working at the Republic Services roll off yard at the Gardena facility was not adequate or suitable to provide a reasonably safe place. As a result, on October 7, the guard suffered fatal injuries as he was struck by a Republic Services Roll Off truck picking up roll off containers from the roll off yard.

In addition, Republic management failed to provide suitable portable lights to employees working at the roll off yard throughout the night.

Also, Republic failed to ensure where a hazard existed from vehicles such as the Roll Off Vehicles to have a system of traffic controls to abate the hazard.



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