OSHA fines Journal Star

In an ongoing investigation of an accident at the Journal Star, OSHA has identified four serious violations and imposed fines of $35,802.

The investigation is continuing, and more fines could be issued.

The accident occurred Dec. 21 and resulted in the amputation of a man’s leg. The 60-year-old man was pinned by a fork lift operated by a 47-year-old man who fled the premises.

The accident scene was described as grisly. A colleagues in the press room used his belt to make a tourniquet to stem blood loss.

The victim was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and immediately underwent surgery in an attempt to save the leg. Circulation to the leg was weak after surgery, but the leg later had to be amputated.

After weeks at OSF, the victim spent weeks at Kindred Care Hospital and was than released to a nursing home, according to someone close to the victim.

To date, the Journal Star has not reported on the accident.

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