On Tuesday afternoon, a Home Depot worker was killed while on the job at the Mexico, Missouri location. According to Connect MidMissouri, a 30-year-old man was working underneath a dock plate when it fell on him. Fellow employees found the man and attempted to revive him, but he was later pronounced dead at the Audrain Medical Center.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident, along with local authorities.
Home Depot released a statement discussing the incident, and said that the company is very saddened by the passing of one of its employees. Because the matter is still under investigation by authorities, Home Depot will not comment on it, but added that it is fully cooperating and will support its workers through this difficult time.
"We are extremely serious about the safety of our associates, and our safety team is conducting a thorough review of the incident to determine what, if anything, could have been done to avoid it," the statement read. "We have also reported the incident to OSHA, and we will fully cooperate with them on any investigation."
Make sure employees have the right tools and education
Keeping workers safe while they are on the job is a multi-part process. Employers must have access to the right training tools, such as mobile training management software from IndustrySafe. From there, team members can also access safety material from their mobile devices and remain up to date on all safety regulations.
Behavioral based safety is a necessity for all workplaces, but employees must be given the right instructions and told why they need to do certain things. With the right knowledge, all workers can make efforts to keep themselves and those around them safe.