Brittany Lawonn, Published October 02 2007
Police identify man killed in WF plant accident
Authorities are investigating the death of Jeffrey Mousseau, was killed around 1:45 a.m. today.
The accident has been very difficult on the company’s roughly 364 employees, DMI Executive Vice President Matt Gadow said in a phone interview.
“DMI has never had an accident of this magnitude,” he said. “We’re greatly saddened by it. You see a lot of shocked looks on people’s faces.”
Mousseau was struck by a steel plate during material handling operations, according to a DMI news release prepared earlier today by Gadow.
West Fargo police received a 911 call at 1:57 a.m. reporting that a man was severely injured, according to a West Fargo police news release prepared by Capt. Mike Reitan.
The man, who had worked at the plant for eight months, died at the scene from injuries, Reitan said.
The plant immediately shut down after the accident and all shifts scheduled for today have been canceled, Gadow said.
Grief counselors will be available to assist employees.
The plant will also be working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation into the accident to determine what happened and how to prevent future accidents, Gadow said.
DMI Industries, a heavy steel wind tower manufacture, has operations in West Fargo, Fort Erie, Canada and Tulsa, Okla., Gadow said.
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