A factory employee was pronounced dead after he was involved in a conveyor belt accident at an Omega Protein plant in Moss Point, Mississippi. Vicki Broadus, a Jackson County coroner, told the Sun Herald, a local news source, that Christ Herbert died of extreme blood loss.
Omega Protein is a business that creates nutritional fish products, such as omega-3 fish oil. The plant and its neighboring shipyard is home to approximately 300 workers.
What steps will OSHA take next?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it will conduct an investigation into the incident, but did not say when it would begin. At the moment, the incident appears as though it was an accident, according to Police Chief Keith Davis.
The regional director of the office of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Labor, Michael Ward, stated that OSHA has six months to investigate the incident, write a report and penalize Omega Protein, if necessary.
One cause of concern is the fact that the plant has not been inspected by OSHA in five years, according to the Sun Herald. In addition to conducting an inspection after a fatal accident, OSHA also visits workplaces for several other reasons, such as if a company has a higher normal rate of illness and accidents and if a business has a record of serious past violations. Ward also revealed that OSHA conducts an investigation if more than three employees are put in a hospital as a result of a single accident.
How can incidents be prevented?
Exercising workplace safety is crucial for preventing accidents and fatalities. Managers looking to ensure compliance with OSHA may want to consider purchasing safety software which can help schedule annual inspections, and can enable organizations to create plans for incidents that have occurred.