The Chillicothe, Ohio, police department and the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have joined forces to investigate the death of an unnamed worker on Monday, August 6 at the Glatfelter plant, a paper production facility.
What was the cause of this incident?
According to sources, the fatal accident took place at around 7:30 a.m. Scott Allen, a spokesman for OSHA, reported that the incident occurred in the business' wood yard. Right after the event happened, the local fire department arrived on the scene and immediately began examining a bulldozer that had some fire damage to it and several fire extinguishers around it.
At this time, police are refusing to say whether the piece of equipment had any part in the man's death.
"Right now, our priority is the employee and their family," said Glatfelter spokeswoman Mitzi Anderson, according to the Chillicothe Gazette.
This isn't the first time that OSHA has investigated the plant. Last September, four incidents were reported to OSHA , one of which involved a crane. In January, Glatfelter was issued a serious violation after an investigation in October found problems with machinery that was being used by employees. Online reports indicate that the problem was corrected.
OSHA and the Chillicothe fire department are refusing to make further public comments related to the fatal August 6 incident until the victim's family has been contacted.
What can manufacturers do to better protect the safety of their workers?
Employers should do everything possible to create a safe environment for employees. In order to do that, managers may want to consider purchasing safety software which can ensure compliance with OSHA by updating and maintaining OSHA logs, remediating hazards and analyzing trends in the workplace.