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Company to pay $1.33M for death of Canton worker

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CANTON (AP) — A company has agreed to pay more than $1.33 million in penalties and fines for the death of a Canton worker.

Forty-two-year-old Larry Kinzer, of Sioux Falls, was killed in November 2011 at Adams Thermal Systems Inc., which makes cooling systems for vehicle engines.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration say Adams will pay Kinzer's wife $450,000.

Also part of the agreement is a criminal fine of $450,000 and OSHA fine of $435,000 for regulatory violations that caused the fatality and additional violations found during inspections.

OSHA's investigation found Kinzer was crushed in a machine used to make radiator cores. The agency says managers told workers to bypass the manufacturer's barrier guard in order to adjust the machine to keep it running.

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