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Veteran, long-time employee dies in workplace accident

Individuals involved in the manufacturing industry in Florida are often aware of the safety conditions at their workplaces. But just because an accident has not occurred does not mean that workers should let their guards down. A factory accident can happen at any time and can leave an employee severely injured. It can also cause a person to die, as one such accident recently took the life of a 56-year-old man.

According to reports, the accident occurred at a plant in late May. Heavy machinery had pinned the man around 2:30 p.m. on the premises where he was employed. It was unclear how this had occurred because officials from both the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration declined to discuss the matter. Both cited the ongoing investigation into the incident. According to the brother of the deceased, it is possible that the employee was attempting to repair the machinery because he regularly performed minor repairs at his job.

By the time emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the 56-year-old had been freed from underneath the equipment. Soon after, he was flown to a nearby medical center where he was pronounced dead due to internal injuries. An official with the local medical examiner's office said that he died about two hours after the incident occurred. His cause of death was blunt force trauma and officials had ruled his death an accident. Tests are reportedly ongoing. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the incident, likely in order to determine if anything could have been done to prevent the man's death.

The man's family said that he had worked for the plant for almost two decades. They also said that he was an Army veteran and he enjoyed working on machinery, even during his off-time. His death -- and the death of any worker -- is likely causing his family much grief. Individuals affected by a workplace death or injury are encouraged to speak with a lawyer about the matter.

Source:  Chronicle-Telegram, "Elyria man killed in industrial accident" Brad Dicken, May. 29, 2013

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