Worker dies after jacket gets caught in industrial-sized door


A northern Minnesota man died after his jacket got caught in a large door at the wood manufacturing plant where he worked, police said.

The 41-year-old Fosston man was pulled to his death when his jacket became entangled in a pulley that's part of a 40-by-20 foot bi-fold door, the Bemidji Pioneer says. The incident happened around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at Bagley Hardwood Products, located about 30 miles west of Bemidji, WCCO says.

Forum News Service says the man was identified as Mike Ross Larson.

The door lifted him halfway up before it stopped, police said, according to the Star Tribune.

Police Chief Larry Peterson said "he was bound in there pretty good," and "it appeared too late" to save the worker when emergency personnel arrived, the Star Tribune said. He was declared dead at the scene.

The man was a longtime employee of Bagley Hardwood Products.

OSHA is investigating the incident. In 2012, the company was fined by OSHA for violations involving elevated railing and storage of flammables, KVRR says. Four years earlier, it was fined $280 for noise violations, the Associated Press says.

In 2012, there were 70 fatal work injuries in Minnesota, according to OSHA statistics. Three-quarters of all 2012 work-related fatalities were caused by contact with objects and equipment (14 deaths), violence and other injuries by persons or animals (11 deaths), and transportation incidents (28 deaths). Official statistics for 2013 were not available.

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