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Cause of death released in industrial accident

August 28, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man killed Monday in an industrial accident died of neck and chest injuries when he was crushed between two pieces of machinery, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Robert E. Strang, 58, of 6828 Furnace Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:09 p.m. accident at Nitterhouse Concrete and Masonry Products at 2655 Molly Pitcher Highway.

An autopsy performed Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., showed that Strang died of blunt force trauma to the neck and chest, Conner said.

Strang was cleaning a piece of elevated industrial equipment when another piece of computer-operated equipment moving overhead trapped him between the two pieces of equipment, Conner said.

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Strang was an equipment operator and had worked at the plant for about eight years, his wife, Barbara, said Tuesday. She said her husband was working on a hopper when the accident occurred.

Conner said the accident happened in the hollow core plank production facility.

The accident also was being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Conner said he had not yet spoken with OSHA officials regarding their investigation.

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