Company Fined After Cotton Gin Death

The state Labor Department has fined a cotton gin after a worker died there in an accident three months ago.

Dennis Foy of Trenton was killed in the November 29th accident at the Jones County Cotton Gin after authorities believed he was crushed by a huge bale of cotton.

The state has fined the company a total of $4,900, citing them with two serious violations. They include exposing employees to unstable 500 pound cotton bales that were stacked some 13-1/2 feet high.

The company can pay the fine, appeal it, or ask for an informal conference with the Labor Department.


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  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    I had an employee that turned a machine on, shuck his hand into the middle of the moving parts, and removed a finger. He received a nice check for $10,000 for the loss of a bone. I am sure that this businesses insurance has had to pay big for the loss of life, payable to the family thru workers comp. along with pending civil costs that his estate will press concerning his death.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Mar 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM
    The value our government puts on a human life. This is a shame.
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      by m on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM in reply to me
      Isn't that the truth. Sounds like Criminal Negligence by an employer, unless of course the victim was the one who stacked it that high. Then it's another story.
  • by chris Location: w on Mar 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM
    I think the company should replace all the safety fetures in the mill
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Such a small fine for placing him in such dangerous work conditions to begin with.
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