Death at Texas Aluminum Extruding Company Under Investigation

February 12th, 2015 by Trey Barrineau

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the death of a maintenance worker at a Texas aluminum extruding company that was fined $166,000 by the agency for numerous safety violations in 2013.

Steven Jeffrey Amdall, 51, died on November 22, 2014 following “an unfortunate and tragic event” at Extruders Inc. in Wylie, Texas, plant manager Justin Ames tells DWM in an e-mail.

Det. Nuria Arroyo of the Wylie Police Department tells DWM in a statement that officers were dispatched to Extruders Inc., along with fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, in the early morning hours of November 22, 2014 after a call about an accident at the location.

“Officers learned a male subject, later identified as Steven Amdall, was attempting to make a repair on a malfunctioning machine when the accident occurred,”  Arroyo says. “Fire/EMS arrived on the scene and began to conduct CPR on Amdall.  Amdall was transported to the hospital, where he passed away as a result of injuries sustained from the accident.  No foul play is suspected.”

Robert Laughon, a field agent with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office, confirms that official records of the incident describe Amdall’s manner of death as an accident.

“His cause of death was blunt force injuries to the chest in combination with traumatic asphyxia,” Laughon tells DWM. “He was transported from the scene to the Medical Center of Plano, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room on November 22 at 3:44 a.m.”

Ames says Extruders Inc., a division of Dallas-based door and window manufacturer Atrium Corporation, immediately contacted OSHA about the incident and is cooperating with the agency’s ongoing investigation. Kimberly Darby of the OSHA Office of Communications in Washington, D.C., says investigations typically take about six months.

“Extruders Inc. is mindful of its obligation to assist and not interfere with OSHA’s investigation and, therefore, is unable to provide further comment at this time,” Ames writes. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Mr. Amdall’s friends and family.”

In October 2013, DWM reported that OSHA had cited Extruders Inc. for 15 safety violations that totaled $166,000 in penalties, including failure to protect workers from the inadvertent start-up of machinery during maintenance.

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