Greensboro, NC -- Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Labor announced they have cited Evonik Stockhausen in Greensboro after an occupational safety and health inspection.
The inspection resulted after an employee's fatality July 26, 2012.
According to a news release, the labor department cited Evonik Stockhausen for two alleged serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina with a total penalty of $12,600.
The Department of Labor said fines are issued to penalize the offending employer, but also to get the attention of other employers with similar work environments.
Evonik Stockhausen has 15 working days from receipt of the citation to request an informal conference with the Labor Department, to file a notice of contest with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina (an independent board appointed by the governor to hear appeals of OSH citations), or to pay the penalty.
The accident happened around 10:29 am July 26, 2012. Greensboro Emergency responders found Michael Stimpson pinned between a commercial carrier cab and a trailer. An investigation revealed that Stimpson walked into the path of the cab while someone was backing up to connect the cab to the trailer. Stimpson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stimpson was employed at Stockhausen.
Evonik Stockhausen released this statement to WFMY News 2 the day of incident: "It is with great sadness that Evonik Stockhausen LLC confirms an employee was fatally injured at about 10:40 a.m. today while working in a warehouse at the company's facility on Doyle Street".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our employee," said Reinhold Brand, president of Evonik Stockhausen. "This is a terrible tragedy. Everyone at our Greensboro site is deeply saddened and shocked. We will ensure they receive all necessary support and assistance at this difficult time."