Worker Dies in OH Industrial Incident

Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 04:01 PM gHale

A worker died Friday at L Brands after an industrial incident at the Reynoldsburg, OH, facility.

Harvey Beavers, 56, died when he was loading a truck using a conveyor belt and he got caught between the conveyor belt, which was able to extend, and boxes.

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The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m. Friday.

Beavers was pinned in the machinery for about 10 minutes before he was extricated, officials said. CPR was performed and he was transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He had a partner responsible for placing packages on the conveyer belt into the trailer. The partner reported hearing 3-4 loud bangs around 1:40 a.m. and thought packages were falling from the conveyer. He checked the area but nothing had fallen. He noticed a red light above the conveyer, which signifies a malfunction/stoppage. He looked inside the trailer and saw Beavers pinned against the wall of boxes stacked inside the trailer, shaking. He yelled for help.

According to the incident report, Beavers was pinned facing the wall of boxes with the conveyer pressing into his lower back and against the wall of boxes. The end pressed against him contained all controls for moving the conveyer in and out of the trailer, as well as the emergency shut off. The conveyer was pressed so tightly they were unable to get access to the equipment to move it back; instead, they had to tear down the wall of boxes around Beavers to free him.

L Brands Inc, a Columbus-based fashion retailer with brands including Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, was formerly known as The Limited, Inc.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the incident.



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