Boeing employee dead after fall from platform

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a Boeing employee who was critically injured after falling from a mobile platform at the plant on March 18 has died as a result of injuries.

David Priester, 38, was pronounced dead Friday morning at MUSC from a traumatic brain injury, according to Brittany Martin with the Charleston County Coroner's Office.

Charleston County EMS Director Don Lundy said emergency officials responded to the Boeing plant around 11:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18 to treat a worker who fell.

Boeing EMS and first responders were immediately on the scene after Priester fell from a mobile platform in Composite Fabrication, according to a statement from Boeing released March 20.

Lundy said one employee was taken to Medical University of South Carolina for treatment of critical injuries.

Boeing released the following statement on Friday in response to Priester's death:

A Boeing South Carolina teammate was injured during an industrial accident in the Composite Fabrication area of the Aft Body building on Monday, March 18, and died on March 29. This is obviously a very difficult and tragic incident, and we are deeply saddened at the loss of our teammate.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and many friends. Boeing has been working with the family to provide support and assistance since the accident occurred. Out of respect for the family's wishes, Boeing has chosen not to release the teammate's name publicly.

Boeing is providing counselors and the support of our Employee Assistance Program to help co-workers cope with the loss, while also meeting with teammates to discuss the accident and further emphasize workplace safety.

The safety and well being of our teammates is a top priority at Boeing. In keeping with our comprehensive safety plan and internal processes, we are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and will take immediate action on any corrective actions that are required.

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