The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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April 5, 2013

Worker injured at plant

Medina Journal-Register — First responders reported to Tonawanda Coke Thursday morning to treat a plant employee who was injured on the job. 

Shawn Kauffman, of Sheridan Park Fire Hall, said firefighters assisted town paramedics Thursday at about 8:30 a.m. after a plant employee fell down a flight of metal stairs. 

“He was hurt pretty seriously,” Kauffman said. “They had to give him medication at the scene.”

The rescue team brought the man down the next flight of stairs using rope, Kauffman said, and the unidentified 56-year-old man was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. 

Worker safety has previously been an issue at the plant, which, last week, was found guilty of violating two federal environmental laws. 

In 2010, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the plant $48,500 for 14 serious violations of workplace health and safety standards. 

OSHA issues serious citations when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards — which the employer knew, or should have known about. 

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