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Worker Dies in Workplace Accident at Malting Company


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According to KSTP, a man suffered a fatal workplace injury at a malting company in Shakopee, Minnesota, on Monday night.

Details of Deadly Workplace Accident

Officials responded to an accident at the Rahr Malting Company plant at around 9:15 p.m. local time. An employee, whose name has not been identified, was working in an area of the facility when he fell into a machine.

The worker was removed from the machine by emergency crews minutes later, according to KSTP. Unfortunately the worker died at the scene. It is unclear what kind of machine the worker fell into and whether he was wearing any safety harness at the time of the accident.

The investigation into the fatal accident is still ongoing, and officials say more information will be released later on Tuesday. The Rahr Malting Company claims to be the largest single-site malt production plant in the world, reports KSTP.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
  • On average, more than 92 workers are killed every week, or 13 deaths per day.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 39 worker deaths per day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.

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