OSHA fines reduced for Jeffersonville plant after worker's death
The reason fines for Autoneum were reduced to $14,000 from $200,000.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana auto parts plant is getting a $200,000 break after a worker's death.
In October, 44-year-old Melissa Stephens died after being pulled into a machine at the Autoneum plant in Jeffersonville.
OSHA fined Autoneum $224,000 for violations at its River Ridge plant. Those violations included findings that:
- Employees wore loose clothing and other items that could be drawn into machines.
- Machines had pulleys and belts that exposed employees to hazards.
- Employees weren't properly trained to shut down machines in case of an emergency.
But OSHA recently reduced the fines to $14,000, after finding some of the violations either weren't valid or weren't as serious as originally believed.
Autoneum must fix the remaining safety issues by next month.
Copyright 2018 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.