Shelbyville Plant Investigated by OSHA
Following Employee Injury
October 24, 2012
by Casey Neeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilkington North America Inc.'s Shelbyville, Ind., auto glass plant
is facing scrutiny from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (IOSHA) following an employee injury which occurred
According to local reports from Shelbyville
News, a man working at the plant was injured around 11:30 a.m.
Monday morning when he was trapped in a press.
In a statement issued by Pilkington, officials say, "The employee
was immediately attended to by first responders and the occupational
nurse, then treated and stabilized by the local fire department
before being transported to the hospital for further evaluation
Though the man's identity has not been confirmed, Shelbyville News
reports that he is believed to be a "young man from the Flat Rock
area." As of Tuesday morning he was listed in critical condition
at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
"Although the plant is equipped with proper safety equipment and
warning safeguards including in this instance a properly functioning
safety laser scanner, this is an unfortunate reminder that all of
us need to continually focus on safety and the safety programs the
NSG Group stresses in our workplace," said Skip Vermilya, regional
director of automotive OE for Pilkington, in the statement.
"I can confirm that we were notified of the accident in a timely
manner and have initiated an IOSHA investigation of the incident,"
says IOSHA spokesperson Bob Dittmer. "Regarding this current investigation,
IOSHA has 180 days to complete investigations, but they are usually
completed in two-to-three months on average."
The Shelbyville plant was recently
charged with multiple IOSHA violations and fines as a result
of investigations stemming from an October 2010 accident in which
Caudill died from injuries received while working at the plant.
Similar to this most recent injury, the deceased employee was injured
Pilkington is currently contesting those violations.
"[This investigation] will not affect existing Safety Orders, or
the penalties assessed in them," adds Dittmer. "The company has
appealed those Safety Orders to the Board of Safety Review. That
process can take six months or more."
In a previous statement issued by Pilkington regarding the 2010
accident and resulting investigation, company officials said, "The
NSG Group has always strived to maintain the highest standards and
expectations when it comes to the safety of our workers. We share
a common goal with IOSHA, with the United Steelworkers and with
our workforce, to provide a safe workplace for all our employees.
The company will continue to work cooperatively and proactively
with our employees and with IOSHA in this regard."
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