January workplace incidents claim lives, cause injuries
In New Jersey, a company that passed its OSHA safety inspection in 2018 experienced a worker fatality January 18th of this year, according to news sources. Twenty-eight-year-old Felipe Rodriguez-Tzon died while cleaning under a conveyer in a Safeway Fresh Foods freezer warehouse in Vineland. The incident occurred shortly after midnight.
OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said the agency has six months to conduct an investigation. The Vineland Police Department and the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office are also investigating.
In an investigation in August 2018 with an emphasis on forklifts, OSHA found no safety violations at Safeway. The company processes and distributes food products.
In California, a contract employee at a food packing plant died Jan. 24 after her clothing got caught in a raising processing machine. The incident occurred at the Del Rey Packing plant in Sanger, in the state’s Central Valley. The 33-year-old woman sustained a fatal head injury after becoming entangled with a shaft to a cylinder, according to a statement issued by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA).
The state agency announced that it will investigate the fatality.
And in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, an employee was airlifted to a hospital Jan. 24 after sustaining work-related injuries. The incident occurred at Therm-O-Rock East Inc., a company that processes, blends and packages minerals and other substances for use by industries including mining, construction and horticulture.
OSHA area director Chris Robinson said an investigation is underway.