Macy’s Reaches Settlement in East L.A. Distribution Death

By City News Service

Macy’s will pay a $950,000 fine as part of a settlement over the 2009 death of a worker at an East Los Angeles distribution center for the department store chain, the District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

An attorney for Macy’s Corporate Services entered a no-contest plea on behalf of the company Monday to a misdemeanor count of corporate criminal liability stemming from the July 13, 2009, death of Roy Polanco, 65.

Polanco was operating a cardboard baling and compactor machine at a distribution center when he fell into an opening of the unit, and was crushed and decapitated by the machine’s hydraulic compacting arm, prosecutors said.

The machine he was operating had been modified so it could operate continuously, according to prosecutors.

At a sentencing hearing set for Friday, Macy’s is expected to be ordered to pay a $950,000 fine. The company will also conduct an audit of all the balers and compactors at its stores and distribution facilities in California, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Officials with Macy’s could not be reached for immediate comment.

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