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OSHA, U.S. Labor Department Wage and Hour Division investigate Massena restaurant accident

There are 13 comments on the Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal story from Apr 28, 2014, titled OSHA, U.S. Labor Department Wage and Hour Division investigate Massena restaurant accident. In it, Ogdensburg Courier-Observer/Journal reports that:

Investigators from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the federal Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division offices in Syracuse are making a trip to Massena Monday to look into an accident that resulted in an employee's arm being severed Violi's Restaurant, 209 Center St. Brett M. Bouchard, 17, severed his right arm while ... (more)

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Mrs Wing

Hailesboro, NY

#1 Apr 28, 2014
This is very sad.Everyone feels real bad about this poor kid. God hear our prayers for this young boy to be ok.
Enough Already

Richland, NY

#2 Apr 29, 2014
I'm not saying anything bad about the people who run this place as I only know of them and don't know them personally. However I will say that this accident was a preventable one. Having OSHA & the Labor police involved doesn't look good for the Violi's ownership group.
I do find it to be very repulsive that the doors were open the very next day, I feel this lacks tact.
If the labor police are involved then this conferms the fact that this minor was off the books.
So lets look at what the investigators are looking at.
We've got a 17 year old minor sustaining a major life threatening injury while cleaving a piece of heavy machinery, unsupervised and he's working off the books.
Insurance issues.
Labor department issues.
OSHA issues.
Things aren't looking good for a defense for anything thrown their way right now
Taxpayer 2

Auburn, NY

#3 Apr 29, 2014
Please stop the gossip and judgment. Unless you were there and saw
the horrific accident, you have no right to make such negative comments. Let OSHA and NYS inspectors get to the bottom of this.
The truth will come out and if there are penalties or law suits that result as of the investigation, that is still none of your business.
YeAIdjit

Massena, NY

#4 Apr 30, 2014
With an injury of that nature OSHA would look into it no matter who it happened to. And anything involving a minor will bring the Dept of Labor in It's not an indicator of fault, it's what would always happen in a workplace accident like this. It doesn't mean anything.
citizen

Lakeland, FL

#5 May 1, 2014
But chief currier and the good ole boys said there was no reason for an investigation hmmm can u say coverup gone wrong maybe just maybe the state and feds will start cleaning up some of the filthy garbage around here cause it starts from the inside out. expose these corrupt cops judges lawyers politics and bureaucracyMassena,NY !!!
curious

Springfield, NJ

#6 May 1, 2014
It's not who ya know , it's who ya blow . A lot of suckin goin on in Massena ......
Poor kid

Ardsley, NY

#7 May 1, 2014
Taxpayer 2 wrote:
Please stop the gossip and judgment. Unless you were there and saw
the horrific accident, you have no right to make such negative comments. Let OSHA and NYS inspectors get to the bottom of this.
The truth will come out and if there are penalties or law suits that result as of the investigation, that is still none of your business.
unfortunately non of this is gossip and it all is truth! You obviously blow lines with them too! The truth is the child not only was off the books and their dishwasher but was their pasta boy! He always made the pasta and cleaned the machine since he was 15! And it is all of everyone's business because it's all public knowledge! Why doner you go back to you hole you crawled out of?
Annie

Hudson, NY

#8 May 1, 2014
citizen wrote:
But chief currier and the good ole boys said there was no reason for an investigation hmmm can u say coverup gone wrong maybe just maybe the state and feds will start cleaning up some of the filthy garbage around here cause it starts from the inside out. expose these corrupt cops judges lawyers politics and bureaucracyMassena,NY !!!
The police backed off at the scene of the accident because a) they were not necessary to the emergency call and would have hindered the EMTs and b) they were not qualified to investigate an industrial accident such as this. Had they seen criminal activity they would have been involved, but this is a matter for OSHA. They do have the knowledge to investigate, and the experts to document the events leading up to the accident. They can determine whether the pasta maker was malfunctioning, whether safety measures were bypassed for the sake of expediency, whether Brett was trained effectively to operate the machine. The police investigate crimes, and if OSHA determines there has been a crime that caused this injury they will be involved. The restaurant's worker's comp carrier will also be investigating, because there will be a claim they will have to pay. Stop attempting to throw suspicion where there is none, because you have no idea how the process works.
momma mia

Massena, NY

#9 May 1, 2014
Taxpayer 2 wrote:
Please stop the gossip and judgment. Unless you were there and saw
the horrific accident, you have no right to make such negative comments. Let OSHA and NYS inspectors get to the bottom of this.
The truth will come out and if there are penalties or law suits that result as of the investigation, that is still none of your business.
I smell a cover up and a huge lawsuit
citizen

Lakeland, FL

#10 May 1, 2014
Annie wrote:
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The police backed off at the scene of the accident because a) they were not necessary to the emergency call and would have hindered the EMTs and b) they were not qualified to investigate an industrial accident such as this. Had they seen criminal activity they would have been involved, but this is a matter for OSHA. They do have the knowledge to investigate, and the experts to document the events leading up to the accident. They can determine whether the pasta maker was malfunctioning, whether safety measures were bypassed for the sake of expediency, whether Brett was trained effectively to operate the machine. The police investigate crimes, and if OSHA determines there has been a crime that caused this injury they will be involved. The restaurant's worker's comp carrier will also be investigating, because there will be a claim they will have to pay. Stop attempting to throw suspicion where there is none, because you have no idea how the process works.
You are either very ignorant or part of the problem.
Annie

Hudson, NY

#11 May 2, 2014
citizen wrote:
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You are either very ignorant or part of the problem.
No, I just know how accidents are investigated from having been in the industry.
wtf

Groton, NY

#12 May 2, 2014
Annie wrote:
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No, I just know how accidents are investigated from having been in the industry.
No, you are very ignorant.
Duh

United States

#13 May 5, 2014
A 17 year old to be around any cutting machinery is illegal dumbasses. That's the labor law!

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