Woman Dies in Alabama Railroad Car Factory
MUSCLE SHOALS, AL- Macon.com writes that a woman died after an accident that took place at a railroad car factory. The incident occurred in Colbert County, located in north Alabama.*
The company, FreightCar America, is based out of Chicago. The factory is ten years old and is used to manufacture various types of railroad cars.
The victim has been identified as Angel Foster. Foster reportedly became caught in a piece of machinery.
Work-related injuries have dropped in the United States since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was founded in the 1970s. In 1970, 38 American workers died every day. In 2016, the number had dropped to 14. In 2016, a total of 5,190 workers died while on the job. OSHA investigates workplace accidents and fatalities.
The administration has 2,100 inspectors who are responsible for overseeing health and safety issues for about 130 million workers at over 8 million workplaces. Each compliance officer is therefore responsible for overseeing 59,000 workers.
The industry where the largest percentage of work-related fatalities take place is in construction. Many of the risks are associated with the large and powerful machinery these workers handle every day. OSHA states that there are four main categories of accidents that account for a large number of fatalities each year in the construction industry.
OSHA says that by eliminating accidents including falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions,andaccidents that involve workers being caught in-between or crushed by pieces of equipment, materials or objects. OSHA says that eliminating these types of accidents would save an average of 631 American workers every year.
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