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Investigation continues in Teresa Pontious death 3.18.09

Written by David Green.

An investigation continues into the death last week of a Morenci woman at a factory in West Unity, Ohio.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently completed a preliminary on-site investigation at Kamco Industries where Teresa Pontious, 48, was killed in an industrial accident March 10.

A press release issued by factory management stated that the plastic extrusion machine and all safety features were found to be in working order and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

“We will continue to work with OSHA in their analysis,” the report said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Teresa’s husband, Roger, said his wife left for her third-shift job at Kamco last Monday night and he was awakened by a call from police about 1:20 a.m. to inform him of the incident.

“My life turned at that moment and it’s never going to be the same,” he said.

Pontious said his wife had worked on the large KSS extrusion system for at least six months. The press produces trunk component linings for automobiles.

The system automatically laminates fabric onto a resin sheet which is then thermoformed and trimmed in a single operation.

“She was caught in it and killed instantly,” Pontious said.

An autopsy report indicated no physical factors such as stroke, heart attack or medication, Pontious said, and the cause of the accident remains unknown.

Pontious visited the plant Monday to look at the KSS system where his wife died. As of Monday the machine remained shut down.

Kamco Industries is owned by the Kumi Kasei Company with headquarters in Toyko. The company also has plants in Thailand and Canada in addition to the United States.

Pontious was overwhelmed and thankful for the response from friends.

“I had no idea people cared about us that much,” he said. “Teresa was loved and the outpouring of concern from people was appreciated.”

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