OSHA has released the results of its investigation into the death of a worker who authorities believe may have been attacked by an aggressive swan.
Anthony Hensley, 37, drowned April 14 while checking on the swans his employer, Knox Swan and Dog LLC, had provided to the Bay Colony Condominiums in Maine Township, IL. The business provides the animals to keep geese off of properties.
Police say Hensley was using a kayak at a pond when an attack by one of two swans there caused him to fall into the water and drown. Authorities believe Hensley may have come to close to one of the swans or its nest.
Witnesses said the swan continued to come after Hensley as he tried to swim to shore. A witness called 911, but by the time rescuers arrived, Hensley had gone under.
Now, OSHA says it found no workplace violations in the case.
Hensley had worked for Knox for 10 years.
In another case involving an employee who was killed by an animal on the job, OSHA fined SeaWorld for a trainer’s death. A killer whale pulled the trainer under water and held her there until she drowned.
OSHA didn’t cite the owner of a wild animal compound whose bear killed another man in 2010. Reason: Investigators weren’t able to determine if the man who was killed was an employee of the bear’s owner.