The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Kansas City Office has opened an investigation into the death of a maintenance worker at Stahl Specialty Company in Warrensburg on Monday.
Initial reports indicate the worker was troubleshooting a machine when it engaged and struck him, causing fatal injuries. OSHA will investigate to determine if the machine was locked out to prevent operation at the time of the injury.
“We offer our condolences to the family on this tragic, preventable death,” said Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s Area Director in Kansas City. “Each year hundreds of workers are injured by machinery because safety procedures are not implemented.”
OSHA will conduct a thorough investigation which will include gathering evidence, interviewing employees, and reviewing relevant company records and documents. OSHA may issue citations and penalties if the agency finds violations of OSHA standards or law.
The company also operates a foundry in Kingsville, where it is based. OSHA has conducted five inspections at the Warrensburg facility and five at the Kingsville facility since 2007. In January 2016, the company was cited for one serious violation after a worker suffered an amputation injury at the Warrensburg foundry in November 2015.
Release courtesy of U.S. Department of Labor