OSHA Investigation Death of Forklift Operator at Ohio Plant

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MORAINE, Ohio (AP) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a forklift operator crushed between the machine and a 1-ton pallet of glass at an Ohio plant previously cited for safety violations.

The Dayton Daily News reports officials from Fuyao Glass America Inc. say they’re cooperating with OSHA and local authorities in the investigation of 57-year-old Ricky Patterson’s death early Tuesday at the Chinese automotive glass manufacturing plant near Dayton.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office says Patterson died of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. A police report says the accident was recorded on company cameras.

OSHA fined Fuyao $38,000 last year for safety violations. A $227,000 fine in 2016 for serious and non-serious violations was later reduced to $100,000.

The plant employs about 2,000 people.