Two men working for XPO Logistics located at 4890 IDA Park Drive in Lockport, N.Y. died in a horrific accident on Monday morning that is now being investigated by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Buffalo News identified the men as 38-year-old Christopher J. Koosin and 62-year-old Roger A. Mangine. Sheriffs received a call around 1:26 a.m. after the two men had been crushed by slabs of Corian, which is “a material used to make countertops and benchtops.” The men apparently were unloading the slabs, each weighing approximately 800 lbs. from a trailer, and that is when 11 of those slabs collapsed and fell on the men.
The two were pronounced dead at the scene and when John Robbins, the general manager of the facility, was asked about the incident, he declined to comment as he stated that the matter was currently under investigation. While Robbins refrained from commenting on the matter, a spokeswoman from the XPO Logistics’ corporate offices in Greenwich, CT issued a statement via email saying, “We’re saddened to report that a tragic accident occurred this morning at our facility in Lockport, N.Y., that resulted in the death of two of our colleagues. We’re working with our safety team and local law enforcement to understand the circumstances under which this tragedy occurred. Our deepest sympathies are with their families and our Lockport team members.”
The warehouse in which the accident occurred at is more than 100,000 square feet in size and is considered to be a safe environment for employees to work in. Marc. R. Smith who is the economic development coordinator for the Town of Lockport said he has toured the facility many times and has said that he knows “they take their safety seriously.” While police conducted a preliminary investigation, OSHA opened up their own on June 25th. According to Transport Topic, they will be working to “determine how the accident occurred and whether the company had been adhering to workplace safety standards.”
The source also points out that OSHA will have six months to review the incident and issue its findings. Although there have been no complaints filed against the XPO Logistics site located in Lockport in the past, the company has had 51 complaints filed against it over the past five years. Three of those complaints were filed in the state of New York and 17 resulted in the company being charged as OSHA found it was in violation of the laws and regulations. One incident that occurred in June 2017 involved an employee who suffered a fractured pelvis after an 800-pound box tipped over.
While it isn’t exactly uncommon for accidents to occur in this type of industry that requires its workers to operate heavy machinery and work around heavy materials, it can become a problem when the incident occurred because someone neglected to follow the safety standards, or the company failed to provide that employee with adequate training to complete the job. When this is the case, the company is often cited for their negligence and is sometimes held accountable for their worker’s injuries.
 
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