In industrial settings where workers are exposed to powerful machinery, unfortunate accidents occur. In those settings, it's even more important to use equipment monitoring technology to ensure that conditions are safe for workers.

While many manufacturing facilities focus on increasing productivity and reducing costs, companies agree that workplace safety should also remain a priority. Unfortunately, in industrial settings where workers are exposed to powerful machinery, accidents occur. In those settings, it can be even more important to use equipment monitoring technology to ensure that conditions are safe for workers.

In one recent industrial accident, a 42-year-old man was killed while repairing industrial equipment at a Mollertech? facility that creates plastic automobile parts in Shelby Township, Michigan. The worker was working on an overhead crane when a large piece of 10,000-pound industrial equipment fell on him, trapping him underneath, reported The Detroit News. Police and fire departments responded to a 911 call, but the worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Upon arrival police and fire personnel attended to an employee who had been struck by a large piece of industrial equipment," police said in a statement. "The victim, a 42-year-old male, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time it appears that this is an unfortunate industrial accident."

The company, which employs about 140 workers, closed after the accident and it's not immediately clear when it will re-open. Police are currently working with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the cause of the accident. The company may want to change their equipment maintenance practices to prevent other accidents like this one from occurring in the future.