Deceased Plant Worker Was Trapped in Machinery,
According to Local Reports, Fire Department
October 4, 2010
A plant employee who
passed away last week after an injury at a Shelbyville, Ind.,
auto glass plant, had been trapped in a piece of hydraulic machinery,
according to local reports. Kelly Caudill had been performing maintenance
on the machine when the incident occurred, according to Pilkington
spokesperson Roberta Steedman.
Shelbyville Fire Department deputy chief Tony Logan, whose team
went to the plant to assist in rescuing Caudill, declined to provide
further details to glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine.
The incident currently is being investigated, according to both
Steedman and local officials.
"Generally speaking, each investigation is different,"
says Indiana Department of Labor communications director Marc Lotter.
"What we will do is determine the circumstances leading up
to the accident. Then we will determine if any workplace safety
regulations or laws were violated in terms of that accident. That
can include mechanical but also training, and if there are any violations
of safety regulations or laws then
citations or fines would
Lotter says normally such investigations don't impact a company's
ability to function.
"Once we get through the initial on-scene investigation, which
is done in conjunction with the timing of the accident, in most
cases work can continue unless for some reason the inspectors were
to see that they needed to shut down the operation," he told
According to information from the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), Pilkington's facility in Shelbyville was
cited with five violations this August, which were found during
an inspection that took place as the result of a complaint. (The
agency does not specify who made the complaint.)
Violations are not specified in the OSHA report, but they involved
items such as guarding floor and wall openings and holes, handling
materials, powered industrial trucks, and hand and portable powered
tools and equipment. The company initially was fined a total $5,850.
At press time, Steedman had not responded to requests for comment
about the OSHA violations.
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