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OSHA investigating death at Lancaster County packaging manufacturer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a death that took place this weekend at a Lancaster County packaging manufacturer.

Robert Stauffer, 47, of Landisville died Saturday morning after being crushed under a piece of lift equipment at Phoenix Packaging Inc. in Mount Joy, according to multiple reports. 

OSHA was informed of Stauffer’s death and has launched an investigation, spokesperson Leni Uddyback-Fortson said Monday morning. Uddyback-Fortson declined to comment further, saying OSHA does not typically comment on ongoing cases.

OSHA has six months to finish the investigation, she said.

Phoenix Packaging sells shipping supplies like corrugated cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, according to its website. It describes itself as a family-owned business founded in 1983 with headquarters at 1160 E. Main St. in Mount Joy. 

A message left with Phoenix Packaging on Monday was not returned. Online OSHA records do not show any prior accidents at the business.

Pennsylvania companies have reported 36 workplace fatalities to OSHA since Oct. 1, 2016, the start of the current fiscal year, Uddyback-Fortson said.

Jennifer Wentz
Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com.

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