The injury that killed 72-year-old Michael D. Crow at the Liberty Casting foundry in Delaware was the second industrial plant injury he had suffered at the same location within a matter of months, and his widow is reporting that he had voiced significant worry about safety at the location.
The incident that resulted in the Fairfield County, Ohio man occurred when he was providing co-workers with assistance in moving a large piece of equipment. Police say that he ended up trapped between the equipment and a solid structure and was crushed to death.
In its initial report about the incident, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicated that Crow’s death represented the second serious industrial plant injury to occur at Liberty Casing in a five-month period: prior to the crushing incident there was an accident in August that left several workers spattered by molten iron that had spilled from a foundry oven.
In that incident, the company was fined more than $70,000 for numerous safety violations. That accident was separate from the one referenced by Mrs. Crow, who indicated that her husband had to be taken to a hospital by a co-worker in October when his arm had gotten caught in machinery.
Man’s Death was Caused by His Second Industrial Plant Injury Within Months at the Same Location
The first industrial plant injury that Crow suffered occurred when he had been working at the plant for less than a year. He was thrown to the ground at the time, and though he had been placed in the job through Tradesmen International, his wife Linda says that he had been concerned enough about safety to consider switching to another job. “He did have concerns, and we all suggested that he find something else to do because it is dangerous work,” she said. “He said it was a dangerous place.” She says that he spoke frequently of dust and debris-laden floors, as well as of super-heated ovens and molten iron.