Death at ice cream plant being investigated

June 10, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- The death of a man who died May 29 after falling from a tanker truck at the Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream plant is being investigated by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Wednesday.

Dori Berman said she could not release further details, such as the name of the man or how long the investigation might take.

Ken Wells, a supply leader at the plant on Frederick Street, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Larry Lorshbaugh, the plant's union representative, said the incident occurred when the man delivered a truckload of chocolate coating to the plant. The truck driver was on top of the truck's tank checking the load when he fell, Lorshbaugh said.

The man's head was struck during the fall, Lorshbaugh said.

The truck driver was not an employee of the plant, Lorshbaugh said.

The local plant was opened in 1983 by Gold Bond Ice Cream and purchased by Unilever in 1989.


On Tuesday, Wells said the plant will close at the end of 2011, laying off 460 workers in phases, beginning in 2010.

The local plant will transfer production to other facilities owned by Unilever North American Ice Cream, Wells said.

Unilever decided to close the Hagerstown plant after careful and extensive analysis showed it could achieve greater efficiencies by transferring production to another plant, Wells said.

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