One person dead following Aug. 6 industrial accident at Glatfelter's specialty paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio; local police, OSHA investigating, details on incident not provided

LOS ANGELES , August 6, 2012 () – An industrial accident at P.H. Glatfelter Corp.’s specialty paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, on the morning of Aug. 6 has left one person dead, reported the Chillicothe Gazette later the same day.

Details have not been provided, but the incident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local police, reported WBNS-10TV on Aug. 6.

The victim, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the Glatfelter mill, according to Chillicothe police, 10TV News reported.

Although unable to provide any details, Public Information Officer Bud Lytle confirmed that OSHA will assist in the investigation. Glatfelter spokesperson Mitzi Anderson was not immediately available for comment, the Gazette reported.

In January, OSHA cited the mill for a violation involving general requirements for machines after a complaint was filed last October. A US$3,500 fine was issued and the problem was corrected by an April 30 inspection, according to OSHA’s records.

Last year, four incidents at the mill were reported to OSHA, including one involving a crane, Anderson confirmed in September 2011. In 2010, OSHA received two complaints involving the mill. This resulted in five violations and $7,000 in fines, reported the Gazette.

Glatfelter, which is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, is a global manufacturer of specialty paper and engineered products, according to its website.

The primary sources of this article are the Chillicothe Gazette, Chillicothe, Ohio, and WBNS-10TV, Columbus, Ohio, both on Aug. 6, 2012.




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