Investigation underway after workplace death

News Leader Nine has learned the name of the woman who was crushed at an automotive supplier in Chambers County over the weekend.

20-year old Regina Elsea died Sunday after being critically injured at Ajin USA in Cusseta, which manufactures automotive parts.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA has taken the lead on the investigation into Elsea's death.

Responders first took Elsea to East Alabama Medical Center. She was later airlifted to UAB Hospital.

Investigators say the machine on her line quit working when the incident happened.

"They stated they did try to notify maintenance, but to no avail, they did not answer the phone, so no one came to their line to fix the problem. My understanding is the victim walked around to the back side of the machine with her back turned to the robot and pushed something on the machine and it engaged and pushed her from the rear crushing her against another machine," Shannon Fraley with the Chambers County Sheriff's Office told News Leader Nine.

Investigators say Elsea was impaled by two welding tips, as she was crushed between two machines.
The company did release a statement, but they did not address that specific issue.

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