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OSHA Investigating Construction-Related Fatality At Ford Claycomo Plant

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death Tuesday of a worker at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Claycomo, Mo.

Bonita Winingham, the acting regional administrator for the Kansas City office, says the contractor died in what's called a "struck by" accident after being hit with a piece of equipment.

There have not been any deaths at the Claycomo plant in recent years, Winingham said after checking the plant's history through 2010.

OSHA will have six months to investigate the fatality, a process Winingham says will involve taking measurements, interviewing workers, collecting physical evidence and possibly bringing in experts.

At that point, OSHA could issue a citation for violations. It also could determine there were other hazards at the plant that contributed to the accident, and issue a citation based on that.

The Kansas City office, which covers the western two-thirds of Missouri, has investigated 10 other fatal construction accidents since Oct. 1, 2013.

Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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