Man in his 70s dies while operating Bobcat loader at Holcim cement plant

January 27, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

A man in his 70s died Friday after an accident with a Bobcat loader that he was operating at the Holcim cement plant off Security Road near Hagerstown, according to authorities.

The man went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived, according to Community Rescue Service Capt. Jeremy Mackrell.

The identity of the victim had not been released as of 9:30 p.m. because not all of his next of kin had been notified, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Daniel Faith.

Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that the man was working in a very wet area of the quarry when the Bobcat became submerged, pinning him in the machine, Faith said.

The Bobcat was lying on its side in a small amount of water when police and emergency responders arrived, according to Faith and Ed Gotthardt, assistant chief of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co.

“I don’t know how it got there,” Gotthardt said.

Coworkers were rendering aid to the man who could not be revived. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to Gotthardt and Faith.

Units were dispatched to the accident scene at 1260 Security Road at 4:40 p.m., according to Washington County Emergency Services and Gotthardt.

Personnel from Longmeadow, the Community Rescue Service, the sheriff’s office and the county Special Operations Team responded to the scene.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration was investigating the accident, Faith said. 

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