Man dies in Elizabethtown workplace accident

It happened around 3 a.m. at Metalsa, a manufacturing facility.
Published: Jun. 7, 2022 at 9:03 AM EDT
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - A man was killed overnight in a workplace accident in Hardin County.

It happened around 3 a.m. at Metalsa, a manufacturing facility located at 750 N. Black Brand Road.

Elizabethtown police said the victim, Lance Winemiller, 24, of Elizabethtown, died after he was accidentally struck by a forklift.

“It was a forklift-style piece of equipment,” Officer Chris Denham of the Elizabethtown Police Department said. “Much larger than that you would find at a local department store. It’s more for a manufacturing type setting.”

Denham said investigators determined Winemiller’s death was an accident after talking to workers at the scene.

“They interviewed witnesses,” Denham said. “There will be follow up interviews conducted most likely. But at this time, the preliminary investigation indicates it is certainly an accidental death.”

Winemiller died at the scene.

The Metalsa plant manufactures parts for automobile makers including Ford.

Company officials provided the following statement on Tuesday evening:

“We are very saddened by this event and one of our main priorities is to be close to the affected family and colleagues to offer them our support and care.

For the moment, we are unable to share further details as we continue cooperating with the proper authorities who are still investigating the incident.

All of us at Metalsa express our sorrow and send our deepest condolences to the affected family and friends. We also appreciate everyone’s support and understanding during this difficult time.”

Security personnel at the plant said two shifts of workers were told to stay home.

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