California OSHA (Cal/OSHA) has issued four citations and $71,435 in penalties to Consolidated Disposal Services LLC, after a security guard at the company’s dumpster yard in Gardena was fatally struck by a truck while working in the early morning hours. Cal/OSHA inspectors determined that the employer failed to provide adequate lighting and traffic controls to prevent struck-by hazards from haulage vehicles.
The October 7, 2017 incident occurred when the guard was struck by a Republic Services Roll Off truck that was picking up containers from the yard.
In issuing the citations, Cal/OSH cited a regulation requiring that working areas, stairways, aisles, passageways, work benches and machines be provided with either natural or artificial illumination which is adequate and suitable to provide a reasonably safe place of employment. The agency determined that prior to and during the course of the investigation, the natural or artificial illumination provided for the GS4 Secure Solutions security guard was not adequate or suitable to provide a reasonably safe place of employment.