Waste managment worker bulldozed to death
Woman, 66, mowed down by bulldozer while working as traffic director
A 66 year-old grandmother has been killed after being struck by a bulldozer while working on a waste management plant in California.
The woman, an employee at the plant for nearly 13 years, was struck by the vehicle while working as a traffic director in the plant’s public drop-off zone.
The man driving the bulldozer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the sanitation company investigates the fatal accident, a spokesperson has said. Waste Management officials are not disclosing details of the incident and have said they are still trying to determine exactly what happened.
"We're conducting a thorough investigation, and we're all trying to determine what could have led to this event," said Karen Stern to the Daily Review. "Our employees are trained extensively in safety and all wear yellow vests and hard hats while working."
In a previous interview with fmME, Al Shirawi’s safety manager said communicating health and safety policies on a waste management site can often prove challenging.
“Majority of the staff understand the requirements of proper safety measures to be undertaken in their respective jobs, but due to work pressure or external reasons, some individuals behave carelessly and they need to be closely monitored,” said H.S Husain.
On Monday afternoon, operations at the Waste Management drop-off area were suspended after the fatal accident. All operations resumed Tuesday at the drop-off area, where the public is encouraged to deliver wood, metals and recyclables for plant employees to sift through.