- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Federal investigators say the death of a 52-year-old man at a Denver facility that processes scrap metal was preventable.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that Atlas Metal & Iron Corp. did not make sure a baler had been shut down properly while Abel Maldonado was working inside the machine last September. OSHA says that during an inspection after the accident, investigators found 12 safety violations at the facility.

The company was fined $58,410.

Atlas, a family-owned business that has been operating in Denver for 60 years, released a statement Thursday saying the company is “terribly saddened by the tragic loss.”

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1BMQTH7 ) Maldonado had worked at the company for more than 15 years.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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