In 2007, a Crown employee was crushed to death by a malfunctioning truck and his family settled with Crown and the driver of the truck for $1.5 million.
Over the past two years, 80% of Crown Container vehicles were taken out of service following safety inspections by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This is far higher than the national average of 21%.
“New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management” attempts to portray its members as pro-safety, and the Antonaccis claim to be proud to comply with NYC safety requirements such as bicycle guards on the sides of trucks, while in another social media comment David Antonacci appears to refer to the same bicycle guard requirements as a “joke.”
In other social media posts, the Antonaccis appear to take a less enthusiastic view toward safe driving and work practices.
The Antonaccis recently posted a comment suggesting that Crown drivers exceed NYC’s 30 mph speed limit to “get em in early,” and used the company’s Facebook page to post and approvingly comment on a video of a driver intentionally running into a crowd of protesters on a road in Brazil.
Another video published by David Antonacci shows one of Crown Container’s employees loading a truck on the street without wearing a reflective safety vest.
At least one NYC pedestrian has also noticed Crown’s unsafe driving practices. In August, 2016 a Crown Container truck was filmed running a red light in a densely populated part of Manhattan.