Matthew Salisbury, an employee of Brush Wellman Engineered Products, was crushed to death Sunday night in a casting machine. According to another employee, the machine broke down and Salisbury entered it to try and fix the problem. While he was trying to unclog the machine he became pinned and was crushed to death; another employee turned off the air compressor that powered the machinery, but it was too late. Salisbury was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident.
According to the medical examiner, he died of acute trauma and the injuries were “obvious and fatal”.
According to Brush Wellman spokesman Patrick Carpenter, there have been no prior deaths since the factory at 7375 Industrial Parkway opened a decade ago. The factory produces specialty alloys used by other companies to make bearings and other components for commercial aircraft and parts used in oil rigs and underwater oil production.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Toledo office said it will be investigating the accident.
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