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October 30, 2013

State investigates ELSA for safety violations

Workplace accident severely injured 70-year-old man

ELWOOD, Ind. — The state has launched an investigation into a workplace accident where a 70-year-old man was severely injured.

Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) is investigating ELSA LLC., 1240 S. Indiana 37, after the company failed to file an accident report with the state department for an accident that occurred more than two months ago.

“If it turns out it was a reportable incident there will be penalties and an abatement for failing to report it,” said Robert Dittmer, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Labor.

Industrial accidents, where there is a fatality or an injury that requires more than three days of hospitalization, must be reported within eight hours of the incident.

In August, the Elwood Fire Department transported a man who officials say suffered a nonlife-threatening, but serious injury.

The man, who has not been identified, worked for Manson & Mefford, a trucking company with headquarters in Madison. Elwood Fire Capt. Brad Stewart said the man was at ELSA when he was injured by a forklift. The injury was to the man’s left foot and toe area which Stewart described as extensive and similar to degloving – where the skin and tissue are separated from deeper tissues of an extremity.

The man was transported to St. Vincent in Indianapolis and Donna Parker, who works for Manson & Mefford, said he was hospitalized for more than a week and is still recovering from the injury.

ELSA officials declined to comment on the accident in August and again when contacted on Wednesday, but a woman who answered the phone denied the company was being investigated by IOSHA.

Dittmer said the investigation must be concluded within six months, but they would like to have it complete as soon as possible.

“It might take us a little longer because it is so long after the accident,” he said.

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