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OSHA launches an investigation into a Lancaster worker’s death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Monday, July 17, 2017, announced that they are stepping in to investigate the death of a 47-year-old Landisville man. He was working at Phoenix Packaging Inc. on Saturday morning, July 15, when he became trapped under a heavy lift used in the packaging manufacturer’s warehouse. He was killed in the process. Executives with the Mount Joy-based company immediately reported the worker’s injuries to the appropriate OSHA authorities as soon as the accident occurred early that fateful Saturday morning. Based on the information provided by his employer, OSHA launched their very own investigation into what occurred.

For it’s part, OSHA has declined to comment on the status of their investigation. They note that their policy prevents them from discussing pending investigations. Under the organization’s guidelines, they have up to six months to complete their investigation of it. As for the man’s employer, they have declined to make any comments as to what occurred. The company the man worked for opened its warehouse at 1160 East Main Street in Mount Joy in 1983. Ever since its opening, the company has continued to be managed by family members. They manufacture and distribute bubble wrap, cardboard boxes and many other different types of shipping supplies. A check of OSHA safety records for the company turns up a record completely devoid of any prior accidents. This contrasts with a staggering total of 36 workplace deaths that have been reported in the state of Pennsylvania since the most recent fiscal year began on October 1, 2016. In this case, the man’s loved ones may be entitled to receive his lost wages, funeral costs and other expenses associated with his premature death. In reviewing the details of the case with a Dauphin, Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation attorney, he or she can advise them of their rights as it relates to filing a workplace injury claim.

Source: Central Penn Business Journals, “OSHA investigating death at Lancaster County packaging manufacturer,” Jennifer Wentz, July 17, 2017


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