Investigator: Lack of training led to factory worker’s death
SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee investigator has concluded that team leaders’ lack of training on a safety procedure led the death of a factory worker who was crushed by machinery.
A Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration report that was released to the Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday says 34-year-old Arthur James Hendrickson was crushed in February while getting a part that had jammed in a machine.
TOSHA says MIS Industries didn’t effectively train employees about Lock Out Tag Out, a safety procedure used to ensure dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to re-start before the completion of maintenance or repair work.
TOSHA says the factory didn’t conduct a periodic evaluation of the LOTO program.
MIS Industries received five serious citations, resulting in a total fine of more than $20,000.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com