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Worker killed in industrial accident at Tonawanda Coke plant in Tonawanda, New York

Modified Date: 
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:48am
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Man killed in industrial accident at Tonawanda Coke - The Buffalo News

A man was killed Wednesday morning in what authorities are calling an “industrial accident” at the Tonawanda Coke plant in the Town of Tonawanda, Tonawanda police said. This is a breaking news story. Updates to follow.

Man, 60, killed in industrial accident at Tonawanda Coke - The Buffalo News

A Tonawanda Coke employee was killed Wednesday morning in what authorities are calling an industrial accident at the Town of Tonawanda plant, police said. Police and paramedics were called to the River Road facility at 8:34 a.m. but the 60-year-old man died prior to their arrival, said police spokesman Capt. OSHA criticized Tonawanda Coke for failing to take proper precautions and ensuring its safety systems were working, as well as “additional, preventable hazards” it said it found at the Tonawanda plant. It would be conducted by public health researchers at the University at Buffalo, who would track the health of 38,000 residents, as well as current and former Tonawanda Coke employees. OSHA said that an overpressured coke oven manifold released coke oven gas in an enclosed area, where it ignited.

Worker killed in elevator accident at Tonawanda Coke

A spokesman for OSHA says a preliminary report shows the man was lubricating gears on the elevator when he was somehow pulled into the machinery.

Tonawanda Coke has been cited by OSHA for several workplace violations related to an explosion where three workers were injured and had to pay millions of dollars in penalties after polluting the community for years.

Roadway: 
River Road

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