A female employee of Lakeville-based QA1 died on Tuesday in a workplace accident, according to multiple news reports.
The woman’s arm reportedly became stuck in a machine around 1:44 p.m. at the company’s location in the 21700 block of Hanover Avenue, which produces a wide range of vehicle components for race cars and street rods.
She reportedly died at the scene.
Investigators from the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Hennepin County Coroner's Office will be investigating, according to news reports.
There were 18 workplace fatalities in Minnesota in fiscal year 2017, according to Minnesota OSHA.
On June 19, Minnesota OSHA said that since Oct. 1, 2018, there had been 15 workplace amputations reported, many to workers’ hands and fingers.
A FOX9 news report said an inspection of QA1 in 2016 led to six citations, according to MNOSHA. The company incurred a $525 penalty for the types of guarding on the machines to protect employees. The case was closed in June 2016 after QA1 corrected the issues and settled with Minnesota OSHA Compliance.
QA1’s current 83,000-square-foot facility in Airlake Industrial Park is slated to be replaced after construction is complete at a new 100,000-square-foot facility on 8 acres in the Interstate South Logistics Park southwest of County Road 70 and Dodd Boulevard.