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Accident at aluminum manufacturer kills 1

Published: Thu, November 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


An accident at Extrudex Aluminum, a manufacturer on Mahoning Avenue in Jackson Township, left one person dead Tuesday and another injured after a large metal rack they were moving fell off its track and pinned both men under sheet metal, said Police Chief Kenneth P. Frost.

The township police department and other emergency responders were called to Extrudex about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

John J. Tomilin Jr., 21, of Niles, was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries, while another worker at the factory was severely injured and sent to a local hospital.

Extrudex specializes in manufacturing aluminum extrusions for commercial, marine and industrial applications.

Frost said several workers were moving a large metal rack on guiding wheels when it dislodged and fell off. At the time, the cart was stacked with aluminum sheets and pipe.

The accident is under investigation by the Mahoning County Coroner’s office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


1YtownJustice(4 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

When I worked there years ago the racks falling off the guide rails was a constant issue that I complained to management about. I'm sure nothing changed after I left. Management was aware of the issue I hope that those responsible for allowing the unsafe conditions to exist are brought to justice. I'm sure they'll try to blame the workers or claim that it was an isolated incident. It wasn't when I was there. I also hope enough of the guys working there have the guts to speak up and make sure that management doesn't get away free on this..

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2nickidfk(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

That's such bs, as someone who used to work there, as part of your orientation they tell you before you even start that you shouldn't stand on the side of the racks in the event that they do happen to fall off the tracks. I personally don't think this is managements fault at all just for the simple fact that you're working in a factory, they shouldn't have to hold your hand and babysit you while they have other tasks to complete. Yeah my sympathy goes out to the injured persons families but don't pin something like that on management when you were told from the get go.

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3YtownJustice(4 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

They tell you and then turn their heads. You personally don't think this is managements fault probably because your management or a management suck ass. I expressed my fears about this years ago to the management there. All they want is the metal out, the job shipped. These poor young guys found a job, were trying to do anything they could to keep it. They've always cut corners on safety out there I've seen it and lived it. I don't know who you are but you don't know what your talking about here. They don't have to hold your hand but they should always enforce safety rules and they didn't and probably don't. It boils down to profits and these guys finally paid the price. I see the coroner ruled it accidental but it was negligent homicide. Management didn't hold up there end here. I was there , I worked there, I know how they operate. Now they've gotten away with murder...

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