Wyoming Man Dies After Accident At A Plastics Facility

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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.

    • guy

      The imformation I have been told about this accident is that Paul a second shift worker started the press after being told by his boss to start the press up.I was told Paul closed the gate on the press and hit the start Button.I cannot understand how Paul did not see This man inside the press since the gate has a clear window to the inside for viewing the mold.It is true that the machine was not locked out at the time this man was cleaning the mold.However this should not have seemed uncommon to Paul at all, sinnce this practice of cleaning the mold without first locking the machine out is common procedure, that is still happenning at grand rapids plastics on a daily basis.I feel for this family and their loss.I am sure that we will all hear about more accidents at grand rapids plastics.I just hope that none will be fatal.I also believe that what I hope and what reality will bring most likely will be very sad.I see and view actions that are so dangerous to people there that words cannot properly explain how these incidents leave me feeling.A job is nessary for us all,and that is why I am there.I am not there because I believe things will get better and violations will be corrected.I come to understand that the company itself has no interest in work place safty,I have wanted to blame the employees and their lack of team work or lack of wanting a safe work place I just let reality hit me like a wall falling on me,co-workers can only continue their ways if they have the support of the company behind them.I also believe that OSHA has failed the work place for its lack of interest in making certain that violations are corrected and not ignored.in closeing Shame on OSHA and so many others that find ways to say alll is good when nothing at all has changed.and shame on Chrysler after all it was their Mold.do they not feel anything for this Family.?