U.S. Lime Co. settles case in man's 2010 death

Federal investigators say 61-year-old Wilbur Farris was killed when a roller mill started while Farris was inside it.
Modified: May 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013
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U.S. Lime settles case in 2010 death

The U.S. Labor Department says Dallas-based U.S. Lime Co. has agreed to a settlement in the May 2010 death of a maintenance manager at the company's St. Clair Mine in Marble City. The department's Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday that U.S. Lime will play $211,002. U.S. Lime Co. declined to comment. Federal investigators say 61-year-old Wilbur Farris was killed when a roller mill started while Farris was inside it. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the roller was not properly locked and that a linkage from the breaker box to a circuit breaker was missing — meaning that turning the roller off did not eliminate the power. Assistant Labor Secretary Joseph Main says the accident occurred because management failed to ensure safe work procedures were being followed.

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