Recycling facility fined for not properly training employee

Sonoco Recycling in Salisbury was recently fined $11,900 by the North Carolina Department of Labor for failing to properly train a temporary full-time employee that was killed in a tragic workplace accident.  In addition, investigators determined that the company failed to properly maintain forklifts at the facility.

State officials began investigating the company after 40-year old supervisor Maurice Alexander was killed from being crushed by an 800-pound stack of cardboard at Sonoco in August.  The safety violations were categorized as being of a serious nature.

A report from the DOL states, “training did not consist of a combination of formal instruction, practical training and evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace.”  Furthermore, the report notes that forklifts were not examined daily or adequately repaired.