Macy's pleads no contest to corporate criminal liability, fined nearly $1 million in employee death

PHOENIX - The retail giant Macy's is pleading no contest to corporate criminal liability in connection with the gruesome death of an employee.

Back in July of 2009, Roy Polanco, 65, was working at a Macy's distribution center in East Los Angeles, California.

Polanco was operating a cardboard baling and compacting machine.

He fell into an unguarded opening of the machine and was crushed and decapitated by the machine’s hydraulic compacting ram according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney who prosecuted the case .

Prosecutors say the machine had been modified so it would operate without interruption.

As part of a negotiated settlement, Macy's will pay a fine of $950,000.00 and has agreed to audit all of the balers and compactors in use at their stores and distribution centers in California.

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