LOUISVILLE, Ky. – I am still recuperating from a weekend full of pulled pork and Evan Williams, so bear with me as I fumble through a few stories on my favorite day of the year. Starting with one out of Louisville in which another Cintas worker suffered a horrible fate after getting stuck inside an industrial dryer.
Reports are that 55-year-old Kevin Burgess arrived to work early Friday morning and began working on an industrial dryer before any of the other employees arrived. Investigator are not sure how, but Burgess fell through the top of the dryer while it was running. They believe the machinery may have jumped started, knocking him in. He was in there for almost 30 minutes until a co-worker came into work and found him. Sadly, Burgess died from multiple blunt force injuries.
Burgess would have not been able to free himself on his own, due in part to the doors closing automatically once the dryer is started and the fact that are no safety mechanisms to stop the dryer in this particular circumstance. Cintas corporate offices sent out a statement, which reads: “Cintas is devastated to have learned about the accident that took the life of one of our employee-partners at our uniform rental facility in Louisville overnight. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family. A thorough investigation has begun to determine the cause of this accident.”
Some of you may remember another case in which a Cintas worker died in the same fashion. Back in 2007, Eleazar Torres-Gomez was pulled into an industrial dryer at a Cintas facility in Tulsa while trying to free up a conveyor belt jam. In that case, surveillance video shows the moment he was pulled into the machine. While Gomez was performing a technique that violated safety procedures, testimony and more surveillance footage showed that this was a common practice workers used at the facility.
OSHA would end up fining Cintas $3 million for that incident and the dead man’s family ended up suing.Tags: Accident, Cintas, Crime, dryer, Kentucky, Kevin Burgess