OSHA investigating death of warehouse employee in Ardmore
Tuesday, August 23rd 2005, 6:19 am
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ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) -- State and federal investigators are looking into the death of an employee at a discount store distribution center in southern Oklahoma.
The 43-year-old man -- whose name wasn't released -- died August 13th at Mercy Memorial Health Center. He worked at the Dollar General Corporation distribution center but was an employees of Oasis, a temporary agency contracted by Dollar General.
James Brown is Occupational Safety and Health Administration director in Oklahoma City. Brown says the man's death may have been heat-related.
State Medical Examiner Chief Investigator Kevin Rowland says the cause and manner of death are pending, and that a possible connection to heat hasn't been ruled out. Toxicology tests are being done.
Brown says inspectors visited the warehouse for a scheduled review within the last month, but that report isn't available yet.
The 1.2-million square-feet distribution center in Ardmore employs about 700 people.