City faces $80K fine for DPW worker's death
Thomas Welch, 45, killed April 8
Last Updated: 84 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The City of Indianapolis is facing up to $80,000 in fines related to the death of a trash collector in April.
The Indiana Department of Labor has issued a report detailing 10 separate violations uncovered during the investigation into the death of Thomas Welch, 45.
Welch died from injuries he received when he was pinned between a tree and a Department of Public Works trash truck on April 8.
The IOSHA investigation uncovered five serious violations, four knowing violations and one non-serious violation.
"Knowing" means the city was aware of the issue but still did not correct it.
The infractions included failing to have lock-out devices to protect workers while performing cleaning duties on trash trucks and workers riding on the vehicle while it's traveling more than 10 mph, among others.
DPW spokeswoman Lesley Malone said the city is still reviewing the documents and will comment later.
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