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Tributes paid as young worker dies after being pinned by machinery


A 22-year-old man who was pinned under a piece of foundry machinery last week has died from his injuries in hospital.

Patrick "Pat" Ryan, of Hibbing, was working at Cast Corporation on May 26 when the accident happened, the Duluth News Tribune reported. It left him in "traumatic cardiac arrest," but first responders were able to regain a pulse and transport him to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.

After several tests to determine the extent of his injuries, his family announced on his CaringBridge page Wednesday that Ryan had "passed peacefully this morning at 7 a.m. surrounded by his family."

There were indications that his condition had deteriorated on Tuesday, with the family posting:

"The results of the EEG showed reduced brain activity. The chance for a miracle has passed. The breathing tube has been removed. At this time his breathing is involuntary and he is being kept comfortable. Your prayers continue to be appreciated."

Ryan graduated from Hibbing High School in 2012, according to his obituary, and he had been employed by Cast Corp. for six years, where he "was very proud to be an employee."

He is survived by his parents Colleen and Bob Ryan, his twin brother, Michael Ryan, and countless other relatives.

The Hibbing Daily Tribune previously spoke to Tom Zarnke, a project manager at the industrial machinery and casting firm, who told the newspaper Ryan had "somehow got pinned with the robot that comes into the machine to take stuff in and out."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Co-workers in shock, city pays tribute

The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports the two brothers both worked at Cast Corp., and Ryan's death has left his fellow employees devastated.

"We are all greatly saddened with this loss," CEO Tim Bungarden told the newspaper. "He was a fantastic employee, and always went above and beyond. And he always did it with a smile on his face."

"They are like family," he added.

The obituary details Ryan's love of racing, revealing he was a member of the pit crew for the stock car raced by his brother.

Hibbing Raceway posted a tribute video of Ryan on its Facebook page after his death was announced, and paid tribute in another post, saying: "The racing community lost one of its most dedicated racing fans today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ryan family. May you R.I.P. Pat."

After his accident, several businesses around the city had painted their windows and updated their signs by adding the words: "Hope for Pat."

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