Cardinal Aluminum employee dies after accident
Police say it happened around 8 a.m. when a man in his 20s was reaching for equipment when a piece of machinery hit and killed him.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma to the head.
Workers gathered outside the building were very emotional following the fatal incident.
They say production did not stop and workers were not allowed to leave following the death of their co-worker.
Cardinal Aluminum Company President Chip Edwards says they're taking steps to make sure the workplace is safe for other employees.
"We care very much about the safety of our employees and I very, very much wish this had never ever happened," said Edwards.
LMPD homicide detectives and OSHA are investigating, which is standard protocol in workplace deaths.
"I've been associated with the company for over 40 years and in our 69 year history we have never had an accident of this magnitude," said Edwards.
According to OSHA records, the company's most recent safety violations were in 2012 when OSHA issued $34,550 in fines.
Cardinal Aluminum was cited for separate incidents in which employees were hospitalized with injuries after they were hit by falling steel beams, records show.
Edwards says to his recollection, the 2012 violation had nothing to do with the area where Monday's incident occurred, however at this point the company is not saying where in the building Monday's accident happened.
While no current employees would go on camera, former worker Uziel Aguliar says he had safety concerns when he worked for Cardinal Aluminum.
"When I worked for two years, a little bit over two years, and two accidents happened and my mom and another woman the next week. And I say 'oh my god another big accident again'," said Aguliar.
Edwards says the company will be bringing in grief counselors to help employees.
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