UPDATE | OSHA completes inspection into deadly garbage truck accident

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- OSHA has completed its inspection into a deadly garbage truck accident last summer.

The accident, that killed Kennedy Fordham, 31, happened on Rollins Road off Highway 56 in August 2014.

In the inspection report by OSHA, there are four reported serious violations totaling up to $17,200 in fines against The Metropolitan Waste Company.

The first serious violation states The Metropolitan Waste Company did not supply a place of employment free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees. The report mentions drivers operated on a faulty brake system, which caused the death of Kennedy Fordham. That citation is for $5,600, the OSHA report states.

The second serious violation states workers were exposed to chemical hazards to their arms, hands, face, and eyes while handling chemicals like natural gas, antifreeze, and engine oil.The violation is for the employer failing to provide protective equipment to workers inspecting the scene. The OSHA report states that violation is for $3,000, it was initially $4,000.

According to the report from OSHA, a third serious violation for $5,600 states the The Metropolitan Waste Company did not establish a program consisting of an energy control procedure. That means workers were not required to perform service or maintenance like brake adjustments, repairs, and servicing.

The Metropolitan Waste Company was cited a fourth serious violation of $3,000. The OSHA report said the company did not develop, implement or maintain a written hazard communication program. The plan would require employees to work with chemicals like oil, antifreeze, and CNG as part of their daily duties. That violation was initially $4,000.

OSHA has completed this inspection and those violations are a result of an informal settlement agreement, according to release from OSHA. The inspection is not considered closed. Violations may be added or deleted. According to OSHA, for open cases, in which a citation has been issued, the citation information may not be available for 5 days following receipt by the employer for Federal inspections or for 30 days following receipt by the employer for State inspections.



Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A garbage truck driver died after his truck overturned leaving him trapped for hours, the coroner said.

Kennedy Fordham, 31, of Augusta died after crews got him out of his overturned garbage truck just after noon, the coroner said. He was pronounced dead at GRU at 12:29 p.m.

Two people were in the truck at the time. The passenger had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Fire crews were called out to Rollins Road off Highway 56 at 8:36 a.m. where the Metropolitan Waste company truck was overturned.

Crews teamed up with Chancey's Towing Company to get the truck and driver out of the ravine and send him to the hospital.

The Augusta Fire Department's medical director and a GRU ER resident were on the scene all morning.


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