Family of Anaheim's Rolando Anaya, Who Died in Asphalt Crushing Machinery, Sues Companies

The family of an Anaheim man who died after becoming entangled in a mobile asphalt crusher is suing the companies associated with the manufacturing and servicing of the device.


Eliza Perez, the domestic partner of the late Rolando Anaya, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court recently on behalf of herself and Anaya's three children, Johnny, Ezekiel and Delila Anaya.

Anaya, 34, was killed Oct. 7, 2013, after he became entangled in the conveyer belt of the machine at the R.J. Noble Co. asphalt plant in Corona, but the complaint seeking unspecified damages was filed in LA because the defendants do business there. They are: Superior Industries Conveyors Inc., Terex Corp., Tri-State Aggregate Machinery and Parsell N Getters LLP.

The companies are accused in the suit of violating California Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations by not having a protective guard nor a pull cord to shut off the machinery near the spot where Anaya was cleaning debris and loose rock.

“Decedent became entrapped, entangled and caught in between the bottom spout of the cone crusher and the tail pulley of the conveyor system, suffering multiple crush injuries,'' reads the complaint.

“We have no comment on pending legal matters,” Thomas Gelston, vice president of Investor Relations with Terex, told the Weekly.

Officials who could speak to the suit at the other companies could not be reached for comment.

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