Family of Worker Who Died Speaks Out

Posted at: 11/14/2013 5:13 PM | Updated at: 11/14/2013 7:21 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

After one of their workers died on the job, a Superior shingle manufacturer is facing numerous violations from OSHA. Now, the family of the employee who died last spring is speaking out to Eyewitness News about their frustration and grief.

It's been six months since 30-year-old David Clink died while on the job at White Cedar Shingles. OSHA calls it a "preventable tragedy," and David's family agrees.

"This is way too soon to be having to hold your sibling," said David's older sister, Julie Larson, as she held her brother's ashes.

Larson said her younger brother always acted like the oldest in the family. He loved country music and being in the woods.

His mother, Virginia Clink, said he had two things on him at all times, his belt buckle and a plaque.

"This is a plaque that David used to carry, he was trying to remember the Lord's Prayer," said Virginia.

David wasn't married, nor did he have children, but he treated his best friend's daughter like his own, said his family.

Since his death in May, the family says they've been grieving.

"[It's been] miserable," said Virginia. "It hasn't stopped because it's re-living it over and over again."

Donna Quinn is a family friend. She also worked at White Cedar Shingles with David. Donna and her son found David on May 21 when they went in to work for the night shift.

"My son went in through by the conveyor belt to find Dave and he thought he was messing with us, trying to scare us," explained Donna.

Donna called for help, but it was too late. Superior Police said David got his arm or clothing caught, was pinned against a machine, and died as a result of asphyxiation.

After David's death, OSHA came in to investigate. This month, they cited the company for nine safety violations. OSHA said they had inspected the company in 2010, 2011, and 2012, resulting in 10 earlier violations.

Now, David's family says they want the company shutdown.

"It was never corrected, and my question is why is the company still even in business?" said Virginia.

Virginia said she will receive about $7,000 in worker's compensation. No word yet if they'll take legal action.

Eyewitness News emailed and called the company for comment but has not yet received a response. 

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