A worker in Kentucky was killed “instantly” in an accident at a plastics factory in Georgetown
An employee was reportedly killed on Thursday morning in an accident at a plastics plant in Kentucky.
James Lemaster, 63, was working on a plastic injection molding machine at the ORBIS facility on Commerce Court in Georgetown around 5:30 a.m. when the machine got stuck, said Scott County medical examiner John Goble.
Lemaster turned off the press, snapped the safety catches, and climbed back into the machine – when it suddenly hit him, Goble told the Lexington Herald Leader. The worker was killed instantly.
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“One of the four steel bolts in the fail-safe broke,” added the coroner. “It would be like falling a car on you.”
The work is based on ORBIS. Manufactures plastic pallets and large containers for the automotive, food and beverage industries.
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In 2016 the plant was recognized by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for Occupational Safety.
Scott County Coroner. (Google Maps)
The death of the worker is being investigated by the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Herald-Leader reported.
Georgetown is approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Lexington.
A Michigan factory worker died last November after a £ 25,000 production mold fell on him, authorities said.