- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - An investigation has been opened into a fatal accident at a northern Arkansas plant, according to a spokesman for the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Harrison Police Chief Paul Woodruff said it appears 59-year-old Marvin Estes’ pant leg got caught in a machine last Friday at Claridge Extrusions, which led to his leg getting caught and subsequent death. Woodruff said an autopsy is being performed to determine Estes’ exact cause of death and to rule out any medical problems or possible foul play.

“Our job is strictly to determine if there were any criminal violations of the law,” Woodruff said. He added there appeared to be no signs of wrongdoing so far.

Claridge officials weren’t available for comment Monday afternoon, the Harrison Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1MK2AEf ) reported.

OSHA spokesman Juan J. Rodriguez said all fatal industrial accidents must be reported to the agency within eight hours of the incident. He confirmed that an investigation has been opened.

Rodriguez said an inspector will visit the plant and analyze the area of the facility where the accident occurred. He declined to say exactly when the inspector would arrive in Harrison.


Information from: Harrison Daily Times, https://www.harrisondaily.com

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