Workplace accidents occur from time to time. When they do, they are almost always investigated to find out if they could have been prevented. Sometimes, it is found that there was nothing that could have prevented the accident.
On Wednesday this week, a worker lost his life in an industrial accident. An employee of Tonawanda Coke Corporation, located near Buffalo, New York, was lubricating gears on an elevator in the plant’s “coal handling” area. Somehow, he was pulled into the mechanism.
Paramedics were called at around 8:34 am, but the 60-year old man died before they arrived.
A.J. Verel, the director of human resources and safety for the company, made a statement, “He’s worked here for over10 years, well respected, and loved by everyone here at the plant.”
The plant is cooperating with police and federal investigators into the accident. A police spokesman stated that no foul play is suspected.
The area director of the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), Michael T. Scime, stated the agency would issue its findings within six months.
The company had been cited for safety violations back in 2014 after three workers were injured in an explosion in January of that year. They reached a $115,000 settlement with OSHA in August of 2014. These weren’t the first fines that have been leveled against Tonawanda Coke in recent times.
In 2013, the company was found guilty of violations of the Clean Water Act. This led to $12.5 million dollars in criminal fines and having to pay an additional $12.2 million to a public health study. In addition, the company had to pay over $12 million in civil penalties.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. Let the “Strong Arm” attorney fight to get you the compensation you deserve.