Releases Statement on Sulkava's Death
Richard Wolk, president of Rochester Insulated Glass (RIG), spoke
to USGNN.com™ regarding the death of Jarmo Sulkava last Wednesday.
Sulkava, the U.S. service agent for UniGlass Engineering in Tampere,
Finland, died while working at RIG. (CLICK
HERE for that story).
"First, we regret the fact that the accident happened," Wolk said.
"He was a good friend and a good technician as well. He'll be missed
by his family and us as a family and by all of the people that are
working in our factory, employed by us and contract people. We liked
him. We'd known him for a long time."
Several local newspapers had printed that an autopsy had revealed
electrocution to be the cause of death, but Wolk said that was not
the case. However, he was not able to reveal the cause of the fatality
due to the "litigious" nature of the situation.
"The cause of the accident is still under investigation," Wolk
said. "However, OSHA [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration]
has cleared RIG of any wrongdoing, contrary to some of the other
statements that have been made."
Ted Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for OSHA's Region 1 office noted,
"There is an open inspection, it is not of Rochester Insulated Glass
… Uniglass is being inspected."
An OSHA investigation may last as long as six months. OSHA is not
able to comment on an ongoing investigation.
Wolk continued, "We have meetings planned with Uniglass [today],
which will be the first date that they have been to see the situation.
And that goes without saying to have been quite a long time.
"We feel that the investigation will continue and that people will
learn from a mistake that was made in the field."
Sulkava's family has asked that memorials be made to the "Finnish
Nationality Class Room Committee," at the University of Pittsburgh,
1209 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
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