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A 911 caller told police “I think this guy might be dead,” according to division records. And seconds before 5:23 a.m., another forklift “attempts to pull glass from Patterson,” the incident report states.
“Multiple Fuyao employees assisted with containing the pallet of glass and extracting Patterson from the forklift,” according to the report.
Patterson was pronounced dead at 5:28 a.m., records show.
He died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck in what was ruled an accident at West Stroop Road plant, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the events that led to Patterson’s death. Fuyao, Moraine’s largest employer with about 2,000 workers, was fined $100,000 by OSHA last year for “serious” safety violations. Employees have repeatedly expressed concern about workplace safety.
A Fuyao video of the scene “shows the pallet of glass shifted forward,” according to Moraine police records. “Patterson then walks in between the forklift and the glass, grabs a strip cutter, and cuts the west side strap, causing the glass to crush him in the forklift.”
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OSHA officials said they would not comment on the case until the investigation is complete. Fuyao officials released a statement on Tuesday, calling Patterson a “valued colleague and friend,” vowing to work with federal and state officials while calling company safety “the top priority.”
A “full response” of medics, police officers and firefighters arrived by 5:19 a.m. after a 911 caller minutes before was heard to say “I think the guy’s dead….I think the glass fell on him.”
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Moraine police records state a Fuyao Glass America Inc. video captured events before and after Ricky Patterson was crushed early Tuesday morning between a ton of glass and a forklift, leading to his death. The following times and actions were captured on video:
•5:10.16: Patterson cuts straps on glass, causing it to crush him.
•5:14.57: Co-worker sees Patterson wedged between forklift and glass;
•5:15.10: A second forklift and safety officer arrive;
•5:16.10: Multiple employees check on Patterson;
•5:22.10: Second forklift is tied to glass;
•5:23.54: Second forklift attempts to pull glass from Patterson.