California recycling company receives OSHA citation for not enough training

An incident repairing a garbage truck has costed one California company over $100,000 in fines.

Workforce training is incredibly important to not just ensure the quality of performance of all employees, but also to maintain the rules and regulations that are set up by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The violation of OSHA's rules may cause companies to receive expensive fines if they get caught and potentially result in injury – much like what happened to a recycling company in California.

The citations came from an incident on December 31, 2011 involving workers connecting a hydraulic cylinder to the packer device in a garbage truck. The hydraulic system was left activated during the installation, causing the cylinder to go flying and hit a worker standing by, knocking him off balance and falling into an area between the garbage packer and body of the truck wall. The worker sustained crushing injuries.

"EDCO Waste and Recycling Services Inc. failed to provide vital safety training, leading to dangerous accidents and serious injury," said DIR director Christine Baker. "Proper workplace safety training is critical [since] it reduces severity of harm following accidents and, more importantly, prevents accidents from occurring in the first place."

Cal/OSHA issued the company seven citations amounting to $111,935 in penalties including "not  developing or training to written operating rules for mobile collection/compactions equipment," which could have been easily avoided with proper workforce training.

If other companies wish to prevent these types of harmful incidents and costly OSHA citations, they may want to invest in an online OSHA training software or learning management software that will allow them to effectively and efficiently train employees on OSHA's rules and regulations. 


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