Upstate worker falls into machine, dies

WILLIAMSTON, SC (WYFF) - A 62-year-old worker was killed at an Upstate manufacturing plant Tuesday morning, according to the Anderson County coroner.

The accident happened at Stanco Metal Products at 107 Twenty Nine Court in Williamston.

Stanco is a metal stamping and fabricating company.  The company is headquartered in Michigan.

Coroner Greg Shore said Kendall R. Collier, of Piedmont, fell into a metal stamping machine that two coworkers were operating.

Shore said, "Our victim fell into the machine and it caused a traumatic head injury."

He said Collier died of injuries suffered in the accident, not any other medical event.

The 911 call was made at 9 a.m.

Shore said the plant manager told him that the machine has a safety feature that should shut it down in something goes wrong, but it appears that the safety feature was not working at the time of the accident.

He said, "There was a coworker also helping operate the machine, and right now we're trying to determine why the safety features on the machine did not cause the machine to shut down with him being so close to it."

"There are sensors set up around the machine, so right now we're waiting on OSHA to get here from Columbia to help us determine why that safety feature didn't work," Shore said.

Collier came to work at 6 a.m. and was supposed to get off at 2:30 p.m., according to Shore.

"The case will continue to be worked and hopefully we can get some answers to the family on what happened and hopefully to the coworkers on why the safety features didn't work on this machine," Shore said. "That's a big question mark right now."

Shore said the plant manager sent everybody home after the accident.

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