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February 11, 2019 Detroit Michigan

Man who fell into large tank of sulfuric acid at metro Detroit facility dies

 

According to WXYZ ABC Channel 7 Detroit: A 54-year-old man who fell into a large vat of sulfuric acid at a metro Detroit facility has died, the company confirmed.

According to Michigan Seamless Tube, the man fell into the vat at their facility on Saturday and was injured. He died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Police say the acid vat was 5 feet deep, 35 feet long and 10 feet wide. It was kept at a temperature of 160 degrees.

Investigators say the worker, who is described as a trainee who had not been with the company long, was testing the solution when he fell in. A step stool was found nearby.

Once the worker was discovered, he was pulled off, taken to a decontamination area and rinse off. However he died sometime Saturday night into Sunday. The exact time of death has not been released.

The man’s name has not been released. Police say he is 54-years-old and lives in the area. Officers say they want to speak with his wife before releasing his name.

Police say foul play and not a police investigation. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

According to the company, they are conducting a “comprehensive investigation of the accident” and cooperating with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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7 Reasons Why Workplace Safety is so Important (Source: MFASCO Health + Safety):
Why is workplace safety so important?  There is more to this question than you think.  In a day and age where people still get injured on the job, you would think safety would be a banner held high by everyone, but unfortunately it isn’t.  Money and apathy seem to be the two leading reasons why safety sometimes takes the back seat.  We’ve listed 7 reasons why putting safety in the drivers seat is a winning proposition for everybody.

There are the obvious reasons why workplace safety should be our priority including:
1.  Injury
2.  Death.
These two reasons should need no explanation. There were 4,679 workers killed on the job in 2014 according to OSHA.  There were almost 3 million recorded injuries during that same period.  Improved safety training and awareness can help save lives and reduce injury.

Along with the above mentioned pain, suffering and death, there is the financial impact.
3.  Corporate financial loss
4.  Property damage
In order for a company to survive and employ people, it must be profitable.  Death & injury impact the company financially.  It is in the best interest for both employee and employer to put safety first, minimize risk to life and therefore reduce financial loss and property damage.

When a company puts their employees first and implements proper safety training and education and then enforces it, several positive results happen.
5.  Worker productivity increases
6.  the Service or Quality of the product improves
7.  Corporate reputation / public relations improves
Nobody wants to do business with corporations risk the quality of the product and the safety of their employees to increase the bottom line.  Companies who care about their employees put them first and when that happens, productivity increases.  Suddenly, the employee is no longer a number, but a person who can make a difference. More

  1. Bognor home damaged by glass ornament blaze:  A home has been gutted by a fire started by sunlight shining through a glass ornament in a living room window. The blaze caused extensive damage when it ripped through the bungalow in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Firefighters said the windowsill trinket had concentrated the sun’s rays, producing a magnifying glass effect. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-44859885


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