Watkins, MN – A maintenance worker was killed last week when he became pinned in the industrial machinery he was working on at International Barrier Technology. Rescue workers freed the man from the equipment and began life saving efforts, but sadly, he died at the scene.
The worker was identified as Todd Shoutz, 51, of Litchfield (MN). Shoutz, a maintenance worker at Barrier Technology, was reportedly working on a machine and became pinned in a piece of equipment. Despite the efforts of emergency teams on the scene, the employee succumbed to his injuries after being freed from the equipment.
The International Barrier Technology plant in MN processes building materials to make them fire-resistant.
Helena, AL – An employee of ABC Polymer Industries was killed on the job this month. Eva Saenz, 45, was sucked into an industrial machine after getting caught in the roller at the Alabama plastics factory.
According to Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans, it appeared that Saenz “was working next to the rollers and bent down to cut some of the plastic…with a box cutter and actually got pulled up into the rollers.” Upon their arrival, fire medics determined that the victim was deceased and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office was notified. Coroner Evans said Saenz was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force injuries incurred in the industrial machinery.
The ABC Polymer Industries factory in Helena (AL) makes extruded polypropylene products including, bulk bags, synthetic snow, fibrillated yarns, and specific fibers for concrete. According to their website, ABC Polymer is one of the largest suppliers in North America of flexible intermediate bulk containers and polypropylene concrete fibers.
Cedarburg, WI – OSHA plans to fine a Cedarburg (WI) manufacturing company nearly $125,000 following an inspection prompted by the death of a lathe operator and their finding that locks had been bypassed.
In March of this year, a 36-year-old employee of Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. died after being caught in his lathe’s operating spindle as he polished a metal cylinder.
OSHA found that Carlson allowed the lathe and other machines to be operated with their “safety interlocks” bypassed, thereby exposing workers to entanglement hazards. Safety interlocks were bypassed on nine different machines, according to OSHA. Because of this disregard for safety, OSHA has classified the violations as “willful.”
Additionally, Carlson was cited for not following proper procedures to power down equipment to prevent sudden starts. These types of procedures are known as lockout/tagout.
Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. does drilling and machining at the Cedarburg (WI) plant, as well as building tooling.
Sandy, UT – An employee of the Reams grocery store in Sandy, UT suffered a fatal workplace accident when she fell into an industrial mixer on February 3, 2016.
45-year-old Carmen “Jackie” Lindhart, was killed in the bakery department of Reams Grocery when “she became entangled with the augers in the mixer causing her to be pulled into the mixing vat,” according to the Sandy Police Department.
A co-worker heard Lindhart screaming and ran to turn off the machine. Unfortunately, she suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Sandy Police state that they are not sure how she became snarled with the machine, “but loose clothing is suspected to have been a factor.” Utah Occupational Safety and Health is actively investigating the incident.