Woman was choked by lanyard on conveyor belt in Northeast pawnshop, report says
EL PASO, Texas —
A woman who died at a pawnshop in Northeast El Paso was choked to death, according to a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
When Dolores Young was found dead at Cash America Pawn on Dyer Street last September, police said it was an accident.
The final report from OSHA said the woman was "operating a conveyor when her lanyard got caught and pulled her into the conveyor until she couldn't breathe."
The report then states, "the employee’s lanyard was caught in between two conveyors and choked the employee, who was killed."
Young's coworkers later found her and called police.
OSHA concluded the incident was a violation of "general requirements for all machines."
Initially the store was fined more than $12,000. Their current penalty stands at $8,500.