Following the tragic death of 28 year old Derrick Cane of Beaumont, Waste Management in Orange is making changes to further protect their employees.
In November 2018, Cane lost his life after a car crashed into the back of his Waste Management truck on MLK in Orange.
Waste Management Regional Manager Terry Woodson presented the plans to the Orange City Council Tuesday morning. Starting February 1, 2019, the day and method of garbage pickup will change in heavy traffic areas of Orange. This includes MLK, 16th Street, and areas along I-10.
Garbage trucks in high traffic areas will now be accompanied by a separate Waste Management vehicle to serve as a barrier between WM workers and traffic.
Rachel Daniels says, after witnessing the fatal scene of Cane in front of her property, she feels this is a positive change.
"I think it's a good thing, it's more safer," she tells KFDM. "Especially in a busy area like this...I mean, I couldn't do it."
Mayor Larry Spears says the city is touched by how far Waste Management is willing to go to protect their employees. He says this inspires him to look even deeper in the city and what they can do to protect its employees to the fullest.
"This company went out of their way to say, 'we're going to make sure this never happens again,'" he says of Waste Management.
Natalie Haddad has the full report.