Brick Maker Fined after Fatality

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 11:10 AM gHale

Endicott Clay Products is facing $15,300 in fines for three safety violations after a 41-year-old worker ended up fatally crushed in a machine June 16 at the company’s Endicott, Nebraska, brick manufacturing plant, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The worker ended up crushed by a brick setting machine when it operated as he was retrieving bricks that had been drying in the kiln. The machine did not have required safety guards installed, OSHA said.

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OSHA inspectors also found inadequate safety guards on belts exposed workers to dangerous operating parts of machinery, and missing railings on the brick setting machine platform exposed them to fall hazards.

“This was a sad and preventable incident. Machine safety guards would have prevented this worker’s death,” said Jeff Funke, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “Employers must protect their workers from operating parts of machinery by installing and maintaining safety mechanisms that prevent them from coming in contact with operating parts of machinery.”