The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposes Endicott Clay Products be fined $15,300 for the fatal accident that killed Scott Roker of Fairbury.
Roker died after being crushed by a brick setting machine while he was retrieving bricks that had been drying in the kiln.
OSHA reports the machine did not have required safety guards. Also, OSHA inspectors reported inadequate safety guards on belts exposed workers to dangerous operating parts of machinery. Railings on the brick setting machine platform were missing as well.
Endicott Clay Products has about 220 workers. It makes brick and tile products.
“This was a sad and preventable incident. Machine safety guards would have prevented this worker’s death,” Jeff Funke, OSHA’s area director in Omaha, said in a written statement released by OSHA. “Employers must protect their workers from operating parts of machinery by installing and maintaining safety mechanisms that prevent them from coming in contact with operating parts of machinery.”