Worker Fatality at Nichiha Plant in Macon, Georgia, Under Investigation by OSHA
MACON, GA. – According to an online news report posted on The Telegraph on Macon.com, a worker fatality that occurred at the Nichiha plant in Macon, Georgia, is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This is the second worker fatality to be investigated at the plant since its 2007 opening, according to the report.*
The accident happened during a morning shift at the plant, which manufactures fiber cement siding, when an employee was working near a robotic arm. The arm reportedly struck the worker and pushed him onto a conveyor belt, after which a load of pallets fell on top of him. Emergency crews were called to the site of the plant, and they transported the worker to the Medical Center, Navicent Health.
The Telegraph reports that the worker tragically died at the hospital. He was identified by the Bibb County Coroner’s Office as a 59-year-old man. The news report states that he was an employee with the temp service Premier Staffing Unlimited and had only been working in the Macon Nichiha plant for approximately two months.
Nichiha released a public statement following the accident, which read: “We are saddened and shocked by this loss of life and are committed to doing all we can to understand how this tragedy occurred and to prevent it from happening again. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of [the victim].”
OSHA has launched an investigation into the fatal incident. The first deadly incident occurred in 2008 at the plant, when a 21-year-old man from Macon was pulled into a machine by his sleeve as he was trying to retrieve a pen from under it. The Telegraph reports that OSHA has previously fined the plant for numerous safety violations.
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