A mechanical failure resulted in the tragic death of a 58-year-old employee on June 10 in Neenah, Wisconsin. The fatal work accident occurred while routine maintenance operations were being performed at Neenah Foundry, a local industrial plant. The plant was not operating due to the maintenance operations, according to plant officials. No one else was injured in the incident.
Plant officials declined to provide any details concerning the accident which killed the longtime employee, though the County Coroner and local police department have since identified the victim. The company's primary business is creating iron castings and steel forgings for municipal and industrial markets, including the manufacture of manhole covers and grates.
The local police and fire departments arrived on the scene at 10:48 a.m. to assist with the incident, though the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has since arrived at the scene and is expected to launch a comprehensive investigation into the possible causes of the accident. There was at least one witness to the fatal accident.
As OSHA begins its investigation, the family of the deceased worker must cope with the sudden and shocking work accident. Instead of looking forward to their husband and father coming home after the long work day, the family is left making funeral arrangements, wondering how the accident could possibly have happened and perhaps worrying about their financial future. Fortunately, Wisconsin workers' compensation death benefits will likely apply, providing the family with funds to cover final expenses and also address lost wages occasioned by the victim's tragic death.
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette, "Neenah Foundry worker, 58, killed in industrial accident," Michael King, June 11, 2012