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.
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