Macy’s Charged In Employee’s Death

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

Department store giant Macy’s was charged last week with willfully violating safety standards, three years after a man was crushed to death in a trash compactor while working at the company’s distribution center in Lincoln Heights.

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On July 13, 2009, Roy Polanco, 65, fell into the compactor. Because the censors that would have detected his presence were not functioning, the machine kept running, crushing him. He was a fifteen-year employee of Macy’s. The distribution center is located at 3880 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office believes the company removed a metal shield from a trash compactor, blocked the censors so that the machine could keep running, and built a ladder to allow workers to get into the compactor.

Macy’s was arraigned at a July 12 hearing, and charged with two felony counts of violations causing death. The district attorney’s office is seeking $1.5 million in penalties, plus restitution.

The next scheduled hearing is Aug. 22 before Judge Horowitz in Department 50, of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

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