SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– District Attorney Mike Ramos announced today that one of the largest recyclers in California, RePlanet LLC, was charged with two felony counts in connection with the death of one of their employees.
The criminal complaint alleges that the company willfully violated worker safety rules which caused the death of 61-year-old Salvador Garcia.On Aug. 20, 2013, Garcia—a truck driver for RePlanet—was crushed by a 35,000 pound earth mover at the company’s Rancho Cucamonga facility located at 9910 6th Street.
Arraignment of the defendant is expected to occur on August 18 at the San Bernardino Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga.
The case will be prosecuted by Douglas Poston, Lead Deputy District Attorney of the Consumer & Environmental Protection Unit.
“We believe very strongly in the law that requires employers to provide a safe and healthful place of employment.This case reflects District Attorney Ramos’ ongoing commitment to protect workers from illegal and dangerous practices,” Poston said.
If convicted as charged RePlanet faces a fine of $1.5 million.