Advanced Disposal Services, the company that owns the truck involved in today’s fire, paid a $4,000 fine in 2004 after one of its employees was fatally injured on the job, according to public records obtained from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
An employee riding on the driver’s side riding step of a garbage truck was struck in the head by the mirror of a truck passing in the opposite direction. He died at the hospital later that day.
“The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees,” according to the OSHA report.
The OSHA report stated an acceptable method to correct the hazard is to enforce compliance with the American National Standard for Refuse Collection. The National Standard is a set of voluntary guidelines that state no one should be on garbage truck riding steps when the vehicle is traveling faster than 10 mph or when travel distance exceeds .2 miles.
The Florida Highway Patrol estimated the Advanced Disposal Services garbage truck was traveling at about 50 mph when the fatal accident occurred, according to the OSHA report. Its intended travel distance was .22 miles.
OSHA public records show a Veolia Environmental Services was fined $843.75 in 2007 for violating OSHA’s machine safety requirements. The company was also cited the same year but not given a fine for violating OSHA’s policy mandating portable fire extinguishers in good working order be available to all employees.
There is also a safety inspection pending for Veolia. The case was opened Jan. 25, but the report provides no additional information regarding the nature of the inspection.