A 72-year-old worker from Fairfield County, Ohio, died Friday in an industrial incident at a steel foundry had been injured there months earlier.
Michael D. Crow was helping move a large piece of equipment just before 9 a.m. when he got caught between it and a solid structure and ended up crushed, Delaware police investigators said.
It was the second serious incident at Liberty Casting in the past five months, according to the victim’s family and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety reports.
In August, several workers were seriously burned by molten iron that splattered from a foundry oven. The company was later fined more than $70,000 for safety violations but agreed to pay $38,400 and make safety improvements, according to OSHA’s website.
In an unrelated incident in October, Crow was taken to a hospital by a co-worker after his arm was caught in machinery and he was thrown to the ground, said Linda Crow, who had been his wife for 40 years. He had been working at the plant for less than a year, she said.