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October 30, 2013

State investigates ELSA for safety violations

Workplace accident severely injured 70-year-old man

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ELWOOD, Ind. —

The investigation is to determine if any safety violations exist and it is possible that no action will be taken against the company if the incident was handled properly, Dittmer said.

“One of two things will happen,” he said. “They may find there are no safety issues and if our investigator says they did everything right, well, then, it is just a situation where bad things happen. But if he or she finds there has been a safety violation, the department will issue a safety order.”

In 2005, ELSA was cited with 19 workplace violations and fined $6,825 after there was an amputation at the plant. Eleven of the violations were classified as serious in nature.

The company is a manufacturing supplier of automotive parts including fuel tanks, exhaust pipes and mufflers. The company, which opened in 1987, employs approximately 350 people.

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Staying safe The Indiana Department of Labor offers free workplace and health safety services to employers, employees, labor unions, professional groups and trade organizations through its INSafe division. INSafe promotes safety through consultation visits and partners with companies in INSHARP, a safety and health achievement recognition program for small business employers. For more information on programs offered by INSafe, visit www.in.gov/dol/insafe.htm. Source: Indiana Department of Labor

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