Johnny Kent, a resident of Mooresville, North Carolina, died the Saturday following an industrial accident in Gaffney last month. Kent, 68, was operating a large machine at the Global Carolina plant when he was pulled into the machine and sustained life-threatening injuries.
“Kent reportedly was pulled into a large machine he was operating at the company and trapped for about half an hour until being freed by Gaffney Fire Department and EMS personnel,” said Coroner Dennis Fowler in a statement.
He later died of his injuries at Spartanburg Medical Center. An autopsy was scheduled for last week to gather more details about the last moments of Kent’s life, and an investigation is still ongoing.
According to statistics provided by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), death by machine management is in the top 10 most frequently cited standards in 2016, making it one of the highest most preventable on-the-job fatalities. OSHA reports 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015, which equals about 13 deaths per day.
According to a news release by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were around 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and/or illnesses reported in 2015 by private industry employers. That is equivalent to about 3 per 100 full-time workers.
Last December, a 40-year-old worker stepped into the path of a milling machine while he was at working for Cirillo Brothers, Inc., a commercial paving company in Middletown, Delaware. Milling machines are large tracked vehicles used to mill up asphalt. The worker later had his lower leg amputated due to the extent of his injuries.