OSHA Investigating Upper Macungie Death
OSHA says the investigation into Fred Hossler's workplace death in Upper Macungie last month could take up to six months to complete.
Authorities with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration said it could take six months to complete the investigation of the workplace death of Fred Hossler, according to a report in The Express-Times.
The Lehigh County Coroner's office said the cause of death of Frederick Hossler, 34, of Northampton was blunt force trauma to the abdomen and pelvis due to an industrial pedestrian accident on Aug. 21.
The coroner said Hossler was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest from his injuries. The manner of the death has been ruled an accident.
The coroner's office said Hossler, who worked for Ehrlich Pest Control, was struck by a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of 6974 Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township at approximately 1:51 p.m. on the 21st.
The Express-Times report said the truck was driven by Jeffrey Schmall, a 53-year-old Northampton man who was not injured in the crash.
A memorial fund has been set up to assist Hossler's family.
Earlier this year, the A.L. Bazzini warehouse in Upper Macungie was fined $56,400 for 15 health and safety violations at its facility where a man’s arm was amputated in a machine last November.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported that after investigating the amputation incident, an inspection of the facility found three repeat, eight serious and four other violations.
The repeat violations involved electrical hazards and uncovered projecting shafts.