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Investigator: Lack of training led to factory worker's death at Surgoinsville factory

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee investigator has concluded that team leaders' lack of training on a safety procedure led the death of a factory worker who was crushed by machinery.

A Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration report that was released to the Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday says 34-year-old Arthur James Hendrickson was crushed in February while getting a part that had jammed in a machine.

TOSHA says MIS Industries didn't effectively train employees about Lock Out Tag Out, a safety procedure used to ensure dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to re-start before the completion of maintenance or repair work.

TOSHA says the factory didn't conduct a periodic evaluation of the LOTO program.

MIS Industries received five serious citations, resulting in a total fine of more than $20,000.


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