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A man died Tuesday at Recycling and Disposal Solutions after falling into a baler machine.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Investigators are examining the circumstances that led to a fatal accident at a Roanoke County recycling plant Tuesday.
A 53-year-old man employed at Recycling and Disposal Solutions died at the company’s plant on Enon Road when he slipped into a recycling baler machine, Roanoke County police said. The machine is used to compact aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and other items.
Police have not publicly identified the man, pending notification of next of kin.
Lee Willis , regional safety director for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, said investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the plant Wednesday continuing an investigation that could take up to six months.
He said the investigators may consider factors such as the plant’s training programs, maintenance and workplace conditions in forming a report on the accident. Police said Tuesday that they are not treating the death as a crime.
Recycling and Disposal Solutions said Wednesday the company is “saddened” by the accident but would not comment further because of the active investigation.
The company, which also has a facility in Portsmouth, has never been cited for a violation by OSHA, according to the regulatory agency’s online database.
The Roanoke Valley’s last fatal industrial accident occurred at New Millennium Building Services in March 2012. In that incident, which occurred at the company’s Salem facility, a steelworker was pinned by a truss. It resulted in a serious violation and an informal settlement, according to the OSHA database.
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