Holcomb: Indiana has ‘good track record’ on workers’ comp, but ABC21 report shows exceptions possible

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says an ABC21 Digging Deeper report on workplace safety and state workers’ compensation rules is reason to “stop and think” about what some Hoosier families go through.

On Thursday, Alexis Shear reported on safety violations that contributed to the death of a worker at Fort Wayne Plastics in January. The report noted that the company was fined only $6,300, and that the worker’s family could receive, at most, $10,000 in compensation under Indiana’s workers’ compensation rules.

Holcomb, who was in Whitley County on Friday, told ABC21: “Even though Indiana has a fairly good track record, actually, in the nation for preventive measures, for safety measures, for trying to be proactive so these things don’t happen… this exception really makes you stop and not just pray for, but think about the family behind it.”

Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that Fort Wayne Plastics had removed a key safety feature on the press that killed Shacarra Hogue in January. After initially assessing $17,000 in fines, IOSHA signed off on a settlement that included the $6,300 penalty for a single serious code violation.

By law, Hogue’s family cannot sue the company.

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Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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