A Cal-Waste Recovery Systems employee was struck by a loader and killed early Wednesday morning at the company’s headquarters in Galt.

The identity of the employee has not released, but the deadly accident was confirmed by Cal/OSHA spokesperson Frank Polizzi in a statement to the News-Sentinel. The employee that was killed was a Cal-Waste mechanic, according to the statement.

Cosumnes Fire Department responded to a call regarding a motor vehicle collision at Cal-Waste, located at 175 Enterprise Court in Galt, just before 5 a.m., according to Cosumnes Fire’s Kayla Vogele.

Officers from the Galt Police Department were also dispatched to the scene. Lt. Brian Kalinowski reported that an employee driving a loader vehicle was backing up when he struck another employee, killing him.

“He was pronounced dead on the scene,” Kalinowski said. 

Officers at the scene took witness statements from employees on the Cal-Waste site.

“In cases like this, it is clear that this is just one of those horrible tragedies. Our hearts go out to the family of the Cal-Waste employee killed,” Kalinowski said.

Following the accident, Cal/OSHA was notified and will lead an investigation into the safety of employees at the Cal-Waste site.

“Cal/OSHA has opened an investigation to look into the incident and correct violations of workplace safety regulations,” Cal/OSHA said in a statement.

The investigation by Cal/OSHA is expected to take a few months. Cal/OSHA staff will interview Cal-Waste employees and review the worksite and the company’s safety records.

Cal/OSHA has up to six months to issue citations if any violations were committed.

Attempts made to reach Cal-Waste were unsuccessful.

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