OH Managers Indicted for Obstruction in Fatality

Friday, November 2, 2018 @ 05:11 PM gHale

Two managers at Extrudex Aluminum Inc. in Ohio ended up indicted for conspiracy to obstruct justice during a 2012 workplace fatality investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspected the aluminum extrusion manufacturer after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a rack containing hot aluminum parts tipped over and pinned him. A second employee suffered severe burns in the incident.

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OSHA cited the company for exposing workers to struck-by, pinned-under, and burn hazards, and for failing to provide safe clearance for employees working in ovens where aluminum extrusions are treated.

The indictment said Brian K. Carder, general manager, and Paul Love, safety coordinator and human resources director, devised a plan to provide false statements to the OSHA investigator.

Carder and Love also failed to comply with OSHA’s requests to produce all emails from specific employees to management regarding safety concerns with racks and rollers, according to the indictment. Additionally, the indictment also said the men threatened employees’ job security if they did not draft statements recanting previous emails about safety issues with the racks and rollers system.

The indictment charges Carder and Love with one count each of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and obstruction of proceedings. Love also faces one count of making false statements to law enforcement.

“The grand jury’s action makes clear that misleading federal investigators and intimidating employees will not be tolerated,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.

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