According to the New York Times, the tortilla factory in Brooklyn where a worker died on Monday, January 24, 2011 after he fell into an industrial dough mixer has been shut down by the state because it has been without Workers’ Compensation insurance for almost a year. The business has accrued $56,000 in penalties after insurance ran out for the company on March 28, 2010.
After the death of the 22-year-old worker, inspectors went to the factory and issued a stop-work order until all fines are paid and the company obtains Workers’ Compensation insurance. OSHA and the Department of Labor are looking into the workplace accident. New York Workers’ Compensation attorneys are following this case closely.