- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Decatur police have identified the employee who died in an accident at a steel plant this week.

Sgt. George Silvestri said in a new release Friday that 49-year-old Gary Timothy Cooper of Hartselle was found dead at the Independence Tube early Wednesday.

Police say Cooper was working in the plant when a steel coil weighing about 6,000 pounds fell on him. Police say Cooper was part of a team that had been slitting large coils into narrower coils.

Police say Cooper was standing next to a coil preparing to band it when the coil fell off the cart and onto him. It’s unknown what caused the coil to fall.

Police say no foul play is suspected.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration are conducting an investigation into the incident.

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