Milton “Tito” Rafael Barreto Hernandez, 22, suffered fatal traumatic injuries on Tuesday, October 28, while working for Scott Materials in Scott, Louisiana. KLFY provides some initial information on the worker’s death:
- His employer, Scott Materials, is a “concrete crushing company.”
- A supervisor and another employee were with Hernandez when the accident occurred.
- They were working to remove debris from a conveyor belt on a piece of heavy machinery. The equipment was turned back on and Hernandez was pulled into the machine.
OSHA’s on-line inspection data suggests Scott Materials has not been subject to an OSHA inspection.
Each year, more than 100 workers in Louisiana are fatally injured on-the-job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 114 work-related fatal injuries in Louisiana during 2013 (preliminary data, most recent available.) Nationwide, at least 4,405 workers suffered fatal traumatic injuries in 2013.
The AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job report notes:
- Federal OSHA has 16 inspectors in Louisiana to cover more than 103,000 workplaces.
- The average penalty for a serious OSHA violation in Louisiana is $1,765.
Federal OSHA has until the end of April 2015 to issue any citations and penalties related to the incident that stole Tito Hernandez’s life. It’s likely they’ll determine that Hernandez’s death was preventable. It was no “accident.”