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Man Crushed to Death by a Machinery at RelaDyne, Pennsylvania

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 3:26 am    

Dale Rhine was found dead at Reladyne in Spring Township, PA on January 2. Mr. Rhine was found under the wheels of a tractor-trailer at 10:00 a.m.

According to the ongoing investigation, the Mr. Rhine was working on a piece of machinery when the equipment fell on him. RelaDyne has not released a statement regarding the unfortunate accident and, according to reports, company officials have declined to comment. 

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Spring Township police and the fire department were the first responders along with a coroner. There were no witnesses to the accident. 

Mr. Rhine was announced dead at the scene at 10:45 a.m. by Berk County Deputy Coroner Dylan Sprang. According to Sprang, Mr. Rhine died of blunt force trauma. The death was ruled accidental. 

The federal government is now investigating the death of the 66-year-old worker. The Department of Labor also stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will also hold an investigation and is given six months to complete its review. The Rhine family is entitled to receive corporate assistance to aid with their loss. Rhine is survived by his wife, Cheryl Rhine and two brothers, six nieces, and six nephews. 

The petroleum distribution business is one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), fuel, and industrial reliability services. It was in 2015 when the company acquired the Automotive Service, Inc. / Central Penn Oil, that occupies the current site. 

A Similar Accident in Mercersburg

A similar accident occurred in Mercersburg last year when Cameron Allen Funk (19) died after a heavy piece of machinery fell on him at Mellott Manufacturing, a logging equipment company

According to the Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner, the cause of his death was blunt force trauma to the head. 

OSHA initially fined the company $31,042 following workplace inspection but after negotiations, the fines were reduced to $21,720. The company agreed to settle. 

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The Fatal Four

In 2017, OSHA released statistics that showed 4,674 worker fatalities in the private industry. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths in an industrial setting were referred to as the “fatal four” which are:

  • Falls

The leading cause for injury and death among American workers, fall-related accidents are also prevalent in the manufacturing industry. Employers must implement comprehensive fall protection measures. 

  • Struck by object

OSHA has cited manufacturers for employee exposure to improperly installed machine guards and hazards. 

  • Electrocution

Some electrical hazards include improperly installed equipment, exposed wired, unlocked electrical panels, and more. 

  • Caught-in/between

This is most common in the construction industry and is also the most frequently cited violations in the industry. OSHA recommends hazard recognition training for construction workers and personnel. 

For decades, workplaces in the United States overall have apparently gotten safer due to the rise in safety standards. However, the construction industry still shows an alarming number of accidents, including a rise in the number of accidents over the years. 

The Safety of Industrial Machines

Working with industrial machines may be one of the toughest jobs in the world. Industry workers must be aware that they are working on safe machines. 

To ensure that a worker is working on a safeguarded machine, it should follow certain standards: 

  • Safeguards must meet OSHA requirements
  • Safeguards must prevent hands, arms, and other body parts from making contact with dangerous moving parts
  • Safeguards must be firmly secured and not easily removable
  • A system must be in place that is responsible for the shutting down of the machine before safeguards are removed

Keeping Safe in an Industrial Environment

Undergoing proper training and being in safety gear at all times are essential in an industrial environment. Aside from proper training and being extra vigilant when in an industrial work environment, knowing what to do should an accident occur is very important. Industrial companies must maintain a clear line of communication regarding industry accidents to their employees. In the case of an accident that either resulted in injury or death, one of the best things to do would be to have a personal injury lawyer by your side. 

The attorneys at Williams Kherkher will be able to help you acquire what you deserve and fight for your rights, benefitting not only the victim but the victim’s loved ones as well. Contact us today to learn more and to set up a free legal consultation. 


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