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Los Molinos Employees Voice Safety Concerns Following Factory Death

Some employees at a Los Molinos walnut factory are voicing similar safety concerns following the death of a factory worker.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2018 4:09 PM

LOS MOLINOS, Calif. - Some employees at a Los Molinos walnut factory are voicing similar safety concerns following the death of a factory worker.

OSHA is currently investigating the death, which happened at Crain Walnut Factory on Saturday after an employee was crushed by a machine. 

Several employees have reached out to Action News Now to expresses that conditions are unsafe at the factory. One man said that he was almost killed by the same machine, known as the "bin dumper," a year and a half ago. 

"There is not one safety feature on this whatsoever," said Dan Scampini, a mechanical engineering designer at Crain Walnut Shelling, Inc. "It comes down silently, it rises silently and comes down quickly, raises quickly. Management knows about it. This almost killed me a year and a half ago on May 3." 

Another employee said that the equipment was originally designed to be raised off of the ground so that this wouldn't happen. Scampini said that he was trying to push for safety features on this machine for the past year. 

Action News Now reached out to both OSHA and Crain Walnut Shelling, Inc. for a comment. Both have said that the investigation is ongoing and OSHA said that it may issue citations for violations of workplace safety. 

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