Safety lapses and equipment failures contributed to the death of a Norfolk, Va., sanitation worker, according to a report. The worker, 51-year-old Jerry Holton, was crushed inside a recycling truck in February. The report by a city safety officer cites a lack of safety training and says both the city’s waste management department and the worker failed to follow certain rules. The report also says two safety systems on the truck didn’t work because the vehicle had been rewired to bypass the hopper door safety system. City officials haven’t been able so far to determine how the rewiring occurred. The report was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. In October, the state cited Norfolk for 19 serious safety violations relating to the incident.
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