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August 15, 2012
Recycler cited and fined for failure to fine and protect

Cal/OSHA has issued seven citations carrying $111,935 in fines to Southern California-based EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, Inc.

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The collection and recycling business has a history of safety violations and worker injuries, according to the state.

The enforcement actions resulted from an accident and serious injury on December 31, 2011. It occurred as workers were connecting a hydraulic cylinder to the packer device in a garbage truck.

The injured worker was standing on the packer unit inside the truck when the cylinder struck it, causing the worker to fall between the packer and the truck wall.

“EDCO violated critical safety standards requiring that machinery be de-energized and equipment locked down to prevent movement during maintenance work,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess. She said the business was given prior orders to fix the hazards but failed to do so, which resulted in willful citations.

EDCO has been cited previously by Cal/OSHA, including for an October 2011 accident in which a mechanic was seriously injured in a refuse truck accident.

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