A 52-year-old man was killed at a seat belt factory in a workplace accident when he became stuck in a stamping machine, the San Antonio News Express reported on January 29. According to witness reports, Abel Rodriguez and another worker had shut down the machine in order to oil it. When the machine was jump started Rodriguez did not manage to remove his head out of the machine fast enough. The back of his skull was cracked in the accident causing his death. The medical examiner determined that Rodriguez’s death was an accident and that his head injuries were the cause of his death.
Rodriguez was not the first person killed in a workplace accident at the Takata Seat Belts Inc. manufacturing facility. In 2006, Francisco Sanchez, 33, was seriously injured in an explosion when he was operating a gas-powered metal-plating machine. It was not known what caused the machine to explode. Sanchez eventually died of his injuries. One month after the accident, several large explosions took place at a Takata manufacturing plant in Mexico. Fortunately, no one was injured in those explosions.
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