Warrensburg worker killed when struck by machine

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WARRENSBURG, Mo. —  A maintenance worker at Stahl Specialty Company in Warrensburg died Monday after an accident on the job, and now the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Kansas City Office is  investigating.

Initial reports indicate the worker was troubleshooting a machine when it engaged and struck him causing fatal injuries. OSHA will investigate to determine if the machine was locked out to prevent operation at the time of the injury.

“We offer our condolences to the family on this tragic, preventable death,” said Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s Area Director in Kansas City, in a news release. “Each year hundreds of workers are injured by machinery because safety procedures are not implemented.”

OSHA said it will conduct a thorough investigation, gathering evidence, interviewing employees, and reviewing relevant company records and documents. OSHA may issue citations and penalties if the agency finds violations of OSHA standards or law.

Since 2007, OSHA has conducted five inspections at the Warrensburg facility and five at its Kingsville facility, where it operates a foundry. In January 2016, the company was cited for one serious violation after a worker suffered an amputation injury at the Warrensburg foundry in November 2015.