TIPTON — A Howard County man died on the job early Friday when a machine at a local factory malfunctioned, police say.
Elliot Sullivan, 38, of Russiaville – a worker for High Performance Alloys, Inc., died of “massive” abdominal and chest trauma, and his death was ruled accidental, the Tipton County coroner said , Bob Nichols, at WRTV.
Police Sgt Tipton. Brad Robins said the incident was first reported to police around 7:56 a.m. at the factory, 444 Wilson St.
Robins said the malfunction led to Sullivan’s “unfortunate and tragic death”.
Robins added that there was no criminal investigation into Sullivan’s death. Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an inspection following the incident – and more specifically, is looking at what caused the machine to malfunction.
High Performance Alloys describes itself as a family-owned supplier, distributor, service center and producer of superalloys. It was launched in 1984, according to its website.
The company was recently cited for a workplace safety issue, WRTV Investigates has learned.
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a “serious” violation to High Performance Alloys on June 21, 2022.
IOSHA conducted an inspection at 444 Wilson Street between Jan. 19 and May 9, records show.
He discovered that a mill was not effectively guarded, which exposed High Performance Alloys employees to “potential collision and snagging hazards”.
“One or more methods of machine guarding must be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, incoming pinch points, rotating parts , flying chips and sparks”, read the IOSHA safety order. “Examples of protection methods are protective barriers, two-hand triggers, electronic safety devices, etc.”
The safety order says the problem was corrected upon inspection and issued a proposed fine of $1,350 to the company.
An IOSHA spokeswoman, Stephanie McFarland, said the company participated in an accelerated informal settlement agreement and paid an $877.50 fine.
WRTV has also reached out to High Performance Alloys for comment on Friday’s workplace fatality and the earlier safety order.
The business is closed August 15-17, according to their voicemail.