City employee injured during yard waste pickup

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

A High Point city employee is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being pinned by a city garbage truck on Wednesday.
City officials said a yard waste crew was making the rounds Wednesday morning picking up debris from neighborhood street curbs when a crew member became pinned between the city truck and a telephone pole.
The incident left a laceration to the employee’s upper thigh and the employee was taken to High Point Regional for treatment. City officials did not disclose the injured employee’s name Wednesday afternoon.
Officials say the truck was backing up to a street curb on Parkwood Drive near the intersection of Bristol Place about 11 a.m. and got too close to the curb and ran into a streetlight pole, pinning the leg of the employee, who was riding on the back of the truck
The city also is conducting an internal investigation that will determine if the accident was preventable and if disciplinary action is warranted.
“For a situation like, this we have a safety coordinator with our human resources department that investigates the issue,” said Jeron Hollis, High Point communications officer. “When something like this happens as far as the event, we want to make sure that everybody’s safe, and then if there are any injuries or anything, notify the families of anything that’s going on and make sure that we have all our bases covered as far as making sure that the folks who were involved in the situation are taken care of. After that, depending on what the environment was, there’s an investigation. They recreate the environment and see what led to that issue, and then take appropriate action personnel wise.”
Chip Vanderzee, superintendent with the city of High Point, said at the scene that the city will “probably try and determine if it was preventable or not preventable, which is the first question, then we’ll make sure that if it was preventable, the remediation steps come into play, which are counselling, coaching ... and disciplinary action if necessary.  I’m not even going to begin to say that that’s something that’s applicable because I don’t know the scenario. Right now, our safety guys are going to do their part and investigate, make sure that we’re covering all of our bases and, obviously, we’re praying for the worker that got hurt.”
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