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Man Dies in Tragic Guntersville Poultry Plant Accident

January 13, 2020

GUNTERSVILLE, AL- writes that a man died in a work-related incident at a poultry plant in Guntersville early this week. Reports indicate that the accident involved an elevator that fell.*

The coroner identified the victim as a 35-year-old man from Albertville. The tragic event took place early in the morning. Police and fire departments were called to the site, and responders rushed the victim to a local hospital where he later died. 

The fire department stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. 

According to OSHA, 5,250 people died in workplace incidents in 2018. The numbers work out to about fourteen deaths every day. Workplaces are required to protect their employees by instituting safety regulations. When OSHA investigates a work-related death or injury, the administration looks for violations of such safety standards. 

There are certain violations that OSHA frequently identifies. A lack of protection for falls is the number one most violated safety standard. This violation typically occurs in the construction industry. 

Hazard communication standards come in second, followed by a failure to abide by scaffolding requirements. Respiratory protection failures come in fourth, and a lack of control over hazardous energy ranks fifth. Violations of codes related to ladders and powered industrial trucks come in sixth and seventh. Failing to train employees regarding fall risks is the eighth most common violations. Violations of machinery come in ninth, and a lack of face and eye protection rounds out the top ten most commonly violated standards.  

Employers who fail to provide required safety equipment or training can face severe penalties and fines for doing so. 

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