BAY POINT -- State officials are investigating the death of a 26-year-old worker who was crushed in an industrial mixer Monday at a Contra Costa County manufacturing company, a Cal-OSHA spokeswoman said.
David Eleidjian, 26, of Antioch, a temporary employee working for an out-of-state company at Henkel Corporation in Bay Point, was fatally injured in the incident, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office and Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Erika Monterroza.
Rescue workers from the Contra Costa Fire Protection District were called to the Henkel facility, at 2850 Willow Pass Road, for a report of someone injured by machinery about 11:19 a.m. Monday, according to fire spokesman Steve Aubert. Emergency crews found a man suffering from major injuries and took him to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he later died.
About 11:30 a.m., Cal-OSHA representatives were informed of the incident at Henkel, visited the site and opened an investigation, Monterroza said.
Eleidjian, who worked for Tennessee-based HR Comp LLC, was operating an industrial mixing machine when he was caught and crushed. His legs were amputated, but he died from his injuries late Monday afternoon, she said.
Cal-OSHA began a site analysis and will next interview the employers and anyone who witnessed the incident.
"We will conduct a thorough review of any machinery involved and safety documentation of training and to see if the machine was being operated properly," Monterroza said. "If they find a violation, the employers can be cited and penalties will be issued on a variety of factors including the nature of the violation itself."
If a serious violation is found to have taken place, the employers face a maximum $25,000 fine. If a willful violation is found to have occurred, the employers face up to a $75,000 fine.
The state agency has up to six months to complete its investigation.
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