CLINTON —  A Clinton firm was fined about $20,000 and cited for violations of federal work safety rules related to the April death of a worker crushed under a load of steel.

Kerry S. Daniels, 57, of Clinton died April 6 at McElroy Metal after a load of sheet metal fell on him. The plant on Clinton's southeastern edge manufactures metal roofs, siding and panels.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, investigated the accident. In an agreement reached between OSHA and the Louisiana-based company, McElroy agreed to pay $19,918 by July 30.

McElroy was cited for failure to keep workers clear of loads that were suspended or about to be lifted by slings, and for using unmarked synthetic slings that did not show rated capacities for the type of hitch and the type of synthetic web material. A proposed violation for the use of a damaged sling was withdrawn by OSHA.

According to OSHA documents obtained by The Pantagraph through a Freedom of Information Act request, Daniels was helping another worker relocate a load of steel sheets weighing 1,400 pounds to a staging area. Daniels walked under the raised load as he attempted to move a table that was blocking its placement, according to the OSHA report.

"The raised load was hoisted by two canvas slings attached to four hooks; one loop of one of the slings was not seated in the throat of the hook and slipped from the hook" and fell as Daniels was under the load, said the report.

Reports indicate McElroy provided OSHA with the corrective action taken to address the violations, including employee training. An official with McElroy was not available Friday to comment on the agreement. 

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