This worker’s death was a case of production over safety, according to OSHA. Now the employer faces over $2.5 million in fines.
On June 18, 2016, 20-year-old Regina Allen Elsea was crushed to death by a robotic machine at the Joon LLC/Ajin USA plant in Cusseta, AL, which manufactures auto parts for Hyundai and Kia.
An assembly line had stopped, and Elsea and three co-workers entered a robotic station to clear a sensor fault.
The machine abruptly restarted, crushing Elsea inside. Her death occurred two weeks before her wedding day.
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