York County woman killed in workplace accident

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SPRING GARDEN TWP, York County, PA- A woman  was killed while she was working at Johnson Controls in York County.

According to the York County Coroner’s office, the incident happened at  around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Controls located at 1499 E. Philadelphia St. in Spring Garden Township.

The victim has been identified as Jennifer Wright, 37, of the 1200 block of W. King Street in York City. Wright was a temporary worker that has been employed at Johnson Controls since April 2016 by a local staffing agency, Master Staffing LLC.

Officials say Wright was helping to load  a 3,200-pound commercial air conditioning unit onto a trailer when it fell of off a pallet and landed on her.

Several employees helped free Wright from underneath the air conditioner and began administering CPR. Wright was then taken to York Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:07 p.m.

OSHA and Spring Garden Township Police are investigating the accident.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday.

OSHA confirmed on Thursday that Master Staffing has no known OSHA history.

Kevin Kilp, Director of OSHA’s Harrisburg office released the following statement:

“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased worker. This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder that temporary staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for the safety and health of temporary employees. These employers must assess the work site to ensure that workers are adequately protected from potential hazards. It is essential that employers protect all workers from job hazards-both temporary and permanent workers.”


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