Worker Killed in Industrial Elevator at Tonawanda Coke

Tonawanda, NY –  An employee was killed in an industrial accident at the Tonawanda Coke plant. The accident occurred in an industrial elevator in the plant’s coal-handling section. The local OSHA office has confirmed that an investigation has been opened and that findings will be issued within six months.

Unfortunately, Tonawanda Coke Corp. has had previous health, safety, and environmental violations. In January 2014, an explosion at their River Road plant injured three workers. OSHA criticized Tonawanda Coke for failing to take proper precautions and ensuring its safety systems were working, as well as “additional, preventable hazards” found at the plant. The 2014 explosion was caused by an over-pressured coke oven manifold which released gas in an enclosed area, where it then ignited.

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