Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
OSHA opens probe into man's death
Accident occurred at Crown
By Sydney Albert
NEW BREMEN - The Occupation Safety and Health Administration is investigating a worker's death after an accident at Crown Equipment Corp. on Monday.
The accident is still under investigation, but preliminary information provided by Crown Equipment indicates that employee Travis Temple, 49, Celina, was struck by a lift truck.
Temple was transported by St. Marys Emergency Medical Services to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where he later succumbed to his injuries, a Crown news release states.
According to Auglaize County Central Dispatch logs, a squad run was made at about 2:15 p.m. to Crown's Plant 4 at 510 W. Monroe St.
Temple was lying on the ground outside of Plant 4 on the loading dock being treated by factory nurses when the squad arrived, St. Marys Fire Chief Douglas Ayers told the newspaper this morning. The squad arrived at St. Rita's with Temple at about 3:10 p.m., he said.
According to Temple's obituary, he passed away at 6:17 p.m. Auglaize County dispatch logs indicate that Allen County Coroner's Office personnel called for information at about 7:49 p.m.
"As with any death, the incident is being investigated by the New Bremen police," according to department news release.
"Employee safety is of the utmost importance to Crown," a company news release states.
"The com-pany has notified OSHA of the incident and is fully cooperating with the investigation to determine its cause. No additional information is available until the OSHA investigation is complete."
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Temple," Randy Niekamp, vice president of human resources, said in the release. "Grief counselors are also available on-site to provide assistance to our employees where needed."
An obituary for Temple appears in today's Daily Standard.