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Dumpster falls on, kills worker at Campbell Soup plant in NC

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Authorities were investigating a weekend incident in North Carolina in which one person was killed and another injured when a dumpster fell off a forklift at a Campbell Soup Co. factory in North Carolina.

The person killed was Alex Radford, 59. He had worked at the Campbell’s factory in Maxton for over three decades.

Dolores Quesenberry of the North Carolina Department of Labor said the NCDOL and the Occupational Safety and Health Division were investigating the incident, which happened on 10:15 a.m. July 15. Quesenberry said Radford was allegedly operating a forklift carrying a hopper filled with trash.

“The employee pulled the forklift into position and disembarked from the forklift to operate the hopper,” she said, based on preliminary information from the investigation.

“The employee disengaged the hopper, which would allow it to swing forward to dump the trash into the compactor, when it destabilized and fell onto the employee trapping him between the hopper and the safety rail. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:19 a.m.,” she said. “Another employee was injured while trying to help the forklift driver and was pinned by the hopper.  The injured employee was taken to McCloud Hospital in Florence, [South Carolina].”

"We are deeply saddened by what happened at our Maxton plant Sunday morning. We send our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Radford’s family and loved ones. He was a dedicated Campbell employee for over 35 years and he will be missed," said Campbell’s spokesperson Megan Haney.

Cambell is working with authorities on the investigation.

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