Contractor Dies in Medical Device Plant Accident

He was servicing a forklift at a loading dock when the hydraulics failed and the platform fell on him.

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) β€” Police say a contractor has died after being pinned beneath a piece of equipment he was servicing at an upstate New York medical device plant.

The Post-Star reports 58-year-old William Wissert of Gloversville was injured outside the Namic medical device plant in Glens Falls around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say he was servicing an order-picker forklift at a loading dock when its hydraulics failed and the platform fell on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wissert was a contractor working for Pengate Handling Systems of York, Pennsylvania, not a Namic employee.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating.

It was not clear what caused the equipment failure.

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