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Mirror plant fined for worker's death

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The Galax plant received a reduced penalty after investigation by OSHA, and for agreeing to a safety check by the agency.

By Shannon Watkins

After meeting with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Mirror Company’s original eight citations related to a maintenance worker’s death were reduced to four, and the final fees exacted were $2,450, down from a projected $10,675.

Benjamin Lee Hancock, 34, of Hillsville, died on July 23, 2014, when he became trapped in a piece of equipment at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley at the scene.


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