State Releases Details in Pictsweet Investigation
details on the operating conditions at the
PictSweet plant in Bells, as investigators
release their findings after a worker lost his
life on the job.
packaging plant has been under the microscope of
federal and state safety inspectors since the
death of John Woods nearly five months ago.
came in two days after the October 16 incident,
and their scrutiny of the packing and processing
lines found four serious violations.
cannot say with certainty that they contributed
to Woods’ death.
Woods’ former girlfriend, says, “A day doesn’t
go by without me thinking about John.”
52, started their relationship about five years
ago, right around the time he started at the
PictSweet plant in Bells.
sanitation worker clocked in October 16 and
never got the chance to clock out because,
Bonds, says while he was cleaning a machine, his
clothes got caught in it and pulled him in.
“It’s just awful.”
died, Bonds, says, and it is awful what TOSHA
found while investigating his death two days
released reports, they found $6,300 worth of
employee’s did not have the proper training when
it came to cleaning equipment.
found employees not turning machines off before
cleaning, and number three, machines were not
being locked after they were turned off.
violation was corrected on-site.
Assistant Administrator with TOSHA, adds, “These
were violations that we determined, alleged
violations, that we determined at the time of
inspection and are not necessarily directly
related to the fatality.”
will not comment on the current violation, but
did provide us paperwork stating Woods’ also
suffered a diabetic episode at the time of the
says, the only thing she is sure of at this
point is what is in black and white, these
hate that it happened to John for all the bad
violations to come out you know.”
until next Thursday to contest the violations.