James Lemaster, 63, was working on a plastic injection molding machine at the ORBIS plant on Commerce Court in Georgetown around 5:30 a.m. when the machine became stuck, said Scott County Coroner John Goble.
Lemaster shut off the press, engaged the safety bolts, and climbed back inside the machinery – when it suddenly came down on him, Goble told the Lexington Herald-Leader. The worker was killed instantly.
“One of the four steel bolts in the fail-safe broke,” the coroner added. “It would be like a car falling on you.”
The plant manufactures plastic pallets and bulk containers for the automotive, cibo, and beverage industries, according to ORBIS.
Nel 2016, the plant was recognized by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for workplace safety.