UPDATE: OSHA Cites Ventra After Work Related Accident

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UPDATE: UPDATE: BELVIDERE (WIFR) – A local business has been fined thousands of dollars following the death of one of its workers over the summer.

“Jacob fought for that and he won. It just cost him his life to get that.”

Shelley Ciaccio lost her son, Jacob Frisella, back in June when his head was crushed in a machine at his job, Ventra in Belvidere.

Six months later, the Chrysler supplier is being fined more than $93,000 for safety violations, but Ciaccio is not satisfied.

“If somebody shot Jacob in a crime, the police would be out there looking and there would be vindication somehow and there is none,” says Ciaccio.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the company could have prevented Frisella’s death, claiming a sensor that was supposed to detect if someone was inside a machine wasn’t working. The agency also says employees weren’t trained properly on the equipment and that a lot of the machines weren’t safe.

In a statement, OSHA says “This tragic death was preventable if Ventra Belvidere ensured proper machine guarding. Failure to protect employees from dangerous machinery often leads to catastrophic injury or death. These violations are among the most frequently cited by OSHA.”

Ventra now has 15 days to either comply with the fines, request a conference with OSHA or contest the finding before the OSHA Review Commission. We reached out to Ventra, but have not heard back at this time.

Ciaacio said she and Frisella’s family are also upset about the amount Ventra is being cited for because in March OSHA fined Behr in South Beloit nearly $500,000 after a worker lost his life.


BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- A 21-year-old employee at a Belvidere Chrysler supplier has died from his injuries after he was involved in what appears to be a work related injury.

Police say Jacob Frisella had his head crushed in a machine around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon at Ventra, a supplier across the street from the plant.

The Machesney Park man died at OSF just before noon. OSHA has been on the scene all day investigating the incident. We have messages into the company and will let you know when they return our calls.


BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Contrary to reports you may have heard elsewhere, an employee of Chrysler supplier Ventra in Belvidere is in critical condition according to Belvidere Police.

The 21-year-old was injured by a machine around 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon. He's now at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Authorities are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

We're told OSHA is on site today investigating.


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