No charges to be filed in death of Winnebago manufacturing worker


No charges will be filed after a Winnebago Towables worker was killed on the job earlier this year.

It was back in April when 54-year-old Rick Schlabach of Howe was struck and killed by a forklift at the company’s Middlebury recreational vehicle manufacturing facility. Schlabach died due to blunt force trauma on April 6.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker told the Goshen News that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify charging anyone in his death.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation into the matter is nearly complete, but it could be a month before details of that investigation are released.


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