A 32-year-old man was killed after being pinned under a piece of machinery that was being removed from the pressroom of The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Workers had been dismantling the printing press after the paper’s printing operations were relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, when newsroom workers heard a loud boom. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.
The victim was identified as Ruben Ocasio-Fernandez of Cape Coral, Florida. The cause of death has been attributed to multiple blunt force trauma and was ruled an accident by the coroner.
Ocasio-Fernandez was working for Britton Services Inc., a Belvedere, Illinois-based machinery installation contractor specializing in installing, relocating and rebuilding new and existing presses.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation to determine whether Britton violated federal safety standards. The company has no prior history of investigations or violations. It could take up to six months for OSHA to issue any citations or fines if violations are found.
The Morning Call publisher and editor Robert York issued a statement offering his “thoughts and prayers,” and said that the newspaper is fully cooperating with authorities investigating the case to determine the cause of the accident.
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