State Cites Virginia City for Sanitation Worker’s Death

October 13, 2011

The state has cited Norfolk, Va., for 19 serious safety violations stemming from the death of a city worker who was crushed inside a recycling truck.

A report from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry says the violations include a safety mechanism on the truck that wasn’t working when 51-year-old Jerry Holton was killed.

Holton’s body was found inside the truck in February.

The report says the state agency also found problems at the city’s maintenance facility, including oxygen and acetylene cylinders within 20 feet of each other.

The Virginian-Pilot obtained the report through the Freedom of Information Act.

City Manager Marcus Jones says the city had corrected problems that led to 18 of the citations before they were issued.

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