Grain Elevator Employee Dead in On-the-Job Accident
A grain elevator employee in Washita County has been killed in a workplace accident on Tuesday afternoon.
Details about the Workplace Accident in Washita County
The Washita County Sheriff’s office said that at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, emergency first-responders were called out to the Rocky Farmer’s COOP when they heard that an employee had somehow slid into equipment at a grain elevator.
When emergency first-responder crews were on their way to the scene of the accident, they received a second call saying that the employee that was trapped in the equipment was believed to have been dead.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they attempted to free the trapped man, but determined that his injuries were too extensive. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office was notified of the man’s death at about 5:20 p.m.
At this time, the man’s identity has not been released to the public, and investigators are working to determine what caused the man to be trapped in the elevator equipment in the first place.
Important Information about On-the-Job Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- In 2015, there were a total of 35,820 individual inspections made by OSHA.
- 4,679 workers were killed while on-the-job in 2014.
- One of the most frequently-cited OSHA standards is that having to do with machinery and general work equipment not being properly secured.