Monday, December 19, 2016

Joseph Ward, 67, died after falling into a paint tank at Red Spot in Evansville, IN


The IOSHA office is looking into the death of a Newburgh man on the job.

Joseph Ward, 67, died after falling into a paint tank at Red Spot in Evansville where he had been an employee for 40 years.

On Thursday, the county coroner started an investigation into what killed Joseph Ward. The state is now getting involved.

The Indiana Office of Occupational Health and Safety Administration has opened a safety investigation.

This means is they'll be looking for whether Red Spot violated any safety violations that might have caused Ward to fall into a paint tank.

These can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. OSHA has six months to complete its investigation.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office is calling it an accident.

Red Spot is taking this as a heavy blow to their morale.

The County Coroner has requested that a toxicology test is conducted on Ward. Those results should be back in a few weeks.


Man killed in paint tank identified Wednesday, December 14th 2016, 1:23 pm EST

Posted by Kenny Douglass, Digital Content Producer


The man who died after an incident at Red Spot Paint has been identified.

According to the coroner's office, 67-year-old Joseph Ward, of Newburgh, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dan Grimm with the fire department tells us Ward fell into a paint tank before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

An anonymous employee told us Ward was beloved and worked for the company for years.

An autopsy is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday to determine a cause of death.

According to their website, Red Spot produces high-performance coatings, mainly for the automotive market.