Wyoming Man Dies After Accident At A Plastics Facility

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Courtesy: Facebook

WYOMING, Mich. (June 28, 2014)- A 34-year-old Wyoming man died on Friday after an industrial accident at Grand Rapids Plastics Inc.

According to the Wyoming Police Department, 34-year-old Russel Scharenbroch was cleaning a press around 5 p.m. Friday afternoon when the machine was accidentally turned on, killing him.

Mr. Scharenbroch worked at Grand Rapids Plastics Inc. since December of 2009 as a process technician according to his Facebook page.

Grand Rapids Plastics

Grand Rapids Plastics Inc. Courtesy: FOX 17 Photojournalist Cody Gould

Grand Rapids Plastics Inc. has had eight OSHA violations since September of 2010, five of which were labeled as serious violations. Three of those serious violations happened in February of 2014.

Grand Rapids Plastics sent a statement to FOX 17 which says,  “The families at Grand Rapids Plastics are mourning today the tragic accidental death of Russel Scharenbroch. Russel was a valued member of our employee-family and words cannot express our sorrow. We would ask the community to pray with us for Russel’s  wife, Angel, and their family and our  employees who are suffering too. May God be with all of us in this terribly sad time.”


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  • Brian Flynn

    GRP is a disaster waiting to happen.. What a joke that Art Bott gets a lifetime achievement award a day before this honest hard working man is died inside a molding machine a day later. Grand Rapids Plastics is a disgrace to American plastic companies. I hope the family sues for millions. I now work for a Fortune 500 company and I worked there for almost 2 years prior. If this company does not unionize or close it’s doors more people will suffer for Art and Jerry Botts personal gain. The company is a disgrace!!!

  • Samantha

    I worked there for a week last year. That place is a joke. The third shift supervisor is a sexist pig. Thoughts and prays go out to this poor mans family. I hope his wife sues and gets something to help her with her children who are now without a father. FYI machines do NOT turn on by themselfs. What an awful thing for his family to have to go through.