OSHA Investigation after Falling Glass Causes Fatal Injury

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 2-Apr-2013

According to an Eyewitness News 3 story posted just last week, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials are investigating a glass company in Hamden, CT, after a man was killed by falling panes of glass in a serious work related injury.

Local police and fire department resources were called out to intervene, and medical treatment was given to 50-year-old Faustina Pena after several sections of glass weighing several thousand pounds had fallen on top of him. Pena was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he later died from his work related injuries.

OSHA was on hand Monday to assist with the investigation, and according to OSHA’s website, Orchard Glass, also known as Insulpane of Connecticut, has been the subject of numerous violations. The company had been inspected by OSHA in 2007, and at that time was subject to more than $42,000 in fines.

The Eyewitness News report also mentions that eight more safety violations were uncovered after a 2010 inspection. OSHA told Eyewitness News that the safety violations were addressed and many of the fines were reduced. According to OSHA officials, Orchard Glass will remain closed pending the results of the investigation.

To check out the details about the OSHA violations, click here. To read the entire Eyewitness News account, click here.

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