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Packing machine roller kills man

Working around heavy machinery is part and parcel of a workday for employees in industrial occupations in Minnesota. That reality also means that many risks are evident on a daily basis. Even with strong safety regulations in place, on-the-job accidents can and do still happen. In lucky cases, these accidents may cause only minor injuries but there are far too many cases that are far from lucky. Many people suffer serious injuries or even die as the result of industrial accidents while at work.

Such was the case recently for one man who worked for a food service packaging company in Lakeville. While on shift one Sunday morning, the employee came into contact with a portion of a packing machine. This happened at roughly 7:45 a.m. It was found that the roller caused severe blunt traumatic injuries to the man. Due to his condition, he was taken by air to a hospital. Sadly he was unable to survive and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The victim in this deadly accident was a 28-year-old resident of Burnsville. It is not known for how long he had worked for the company. Reports also did not identify if he was married or left behind any children. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pursuing an investigation of this fatal workplace accident. No details about potential safety violations have been released.

Accidents like these should be avoidable as all employees deserve the right to safe work environments. When problems do arise, victims and their family members may be able to get help or compensation by working with an experienced attorney.

Source: StarTribune.com, "Burnsville man, 28, killed in industrial workplace accident at Lakeville manufacturing plant," November 17, 2015

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