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Jeremiah Beckley Killed in a Facility Accident at Detroit Tool Metal Products in Lebanon, Missouri

Lebanon, Mo. — A worker was found dead at the Detroit Tool Metal Products (DTMP) facility.

According to reports, 49-year-old Jeremiah Beckley was found pinned beneath a large metal spool weighing approximately 1,000 pounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSHA has been notified, and no further updates have been provided.

Thoughts on workplace accidents

In 2022, there were 5,486 recorded fatal work injuries in the United States, marking a 5.7-percent increase from the 5,190 fatalities reported in 2021(Bureau of Labor Statistics). We cannot continue to lose our workers, the backbone of America.

Companies are responsible for implementing safety procedures to decrease risks and protect workers from harm. Questions arise regarding whether the facility involved in this incident had adequate safety procedures in place to prevent accidents, such as Mr. Beckley’s fatal injury from a 1,000-pound metal spool. Were equipment and supplies properly stored and secured to avoid such incidents? Were employees adequately trained in handling hazardous machinery and tools?

Employers are responsible for prioritizing workplace safety, which includes implementing comprehensive safety training programs and protocols and ensuring a safe environment for all workers. Companies must be held accountable for their negligence when they fail to uphold these standards.

Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the deceased during this difficult time, and we hope the family receives the answers they deserve.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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