The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined an Illinois concrete plant after an off-duty worker was killed in an accident. Matthew Clay, 25, was an employee at Springfield Concrete Block and Brick Inc. and died on October 17, 2012 following a workplace accident in which his head was crushed against a wall by a concrete block.
OSHA officials inspected the facility following the incident and cited two serious safety violations. Officials determined that the facility lacked proper safeguards on a conveyor belt, allowing the block to fall off the belt and strike Clay.
“On or about October 5, 2012, a laborer was exposed to pinch point hazards when attempting to enter or look into the building where cubes of block on a conveyor are pushed out of the building through a wall opening by the cuber machine,” read the OSHA citation. Proposed fines total $15,200.
OSHA officials also warned of a mixing operator at the facility that could possibly fall. Springfield Concrete Block and Brick Inc. may want to look into that, as well, to prevent another fatal accident.
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