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Man killed in industrial accident

August 2, 2018

One man was killed and several others were injured in an industrial accident on Tuesday at a Columbus business.

A little after 10 a.m., the Columbus Fire Department was dispatched to Nebraska Precast LLC for a reported accident involving a person who was pinned under heavy equipment.

Upon arrival, according to Columbus Fire Chief Dan Miller, CFD units observed several injured workers, including one pinned under a concrete form used to create livestock feed bunks, which tipped while being filled.

One adult male worker was declared dead at the scene, Miller told The Telegram, noting four other workers suffered various injuries ranging from minor to relatively serious and transported to Columbus Community Hospital. None of the people involved in the accident were identified.

Columbus Fire Department responded with 12 crew members and five emergency units. The Columbus Police Department was at the scene throughout and provided scene control and initial investigation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted to investigate the cause of the incident, Miller said.

All Columbus Fire units cleared the scene at 12:14 p.m.

Nebraska Precast is headquartered in Columbus. It manufactures a wide variety of precast concrete products for agricultural, construction, landscaping, utility applications and more, according to its website.

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