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Otsego Company Fined In Death of Employee

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OTSEGO, MI (WKZO) --    Michigan’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration is fining an Otsego firm, Renewed Earth, after issuing three citations following the death of an employee on the job back in early June.

The body of Matthew McKee of Allegan was found tangled and crushed in a conveyor belt machine used to process topsoil for marketing.  An investigation found that it appeared that a piece of his clothing was grabbed by the machinery and dragged him in.

The Plainwell and Otsego Union reports that the firm is being fined 47-hundred dollars for three violations, failing to have a guard on a conveyor, failing to provide training and failure to establish an inspection program on the conveyor. The company plans to appeal.  The 29-year-old McKee lived in Allegan.

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