Union Bridge man dies in industrial accident

October 09, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Stephen T. Moffett, who was killed in an industrial accident Wednesday night, had spent the past weekend cheering the football team at Frostburg State University, his alma mater, to a homecoming victory over their Delaware rivals.

His brother, Paul E. Moffett, said Stephen was always on the sidelines encouraging people, being their friend.

"He would do anything for anyone, everyone," Mr. Moffett said of his older brother.

"I never heard anyone say anything bad about him. Everybody liked him."

Stephen Moffett, 33, of the 4700 block of Middleburg Road, was working a night shift as a shipping clerk at McGregor Printing Corp. on New Windsor Road when he was pinned under an overturned forklift about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

He was trying to back the machine through a doorway with the fork raised, according to Maryland State Police.

Mr. Moffett was pronounced dead on arrival at Carroll County General Hospital at 10:13 p.m.

"He was a careful operator of the machine, but I was told the fork was raised when he as trying to get it through the door," Paul Moffett said. "It's hard to piece everything together since apparently there were no witnesses."

Cpl. William Hartman of the state police barracks in Westminster said that the raised fork probably put the machine off balance, causing it to tip when it hit the top of the doorway.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office is investigating the accident, the printing company's second fatal one in less than three years.

Martin Lee Collins, 36, of Westminster, was killed in March 1990 when he fell into a shredder while attempting to unclog it. Paul Moffett, who works as a press operator for McGregor Printing, said his brother attended Francis Scott Key High School and received a journalism degree from Frostburg in 1983. He had lived in the Union Bridge area for the past 23 years.

Paul Moffett described his brother as a "giver" who donated when the company had blood drives and gave blood as often as possible at the local Red Cross center.

Mr. Moffett, who had worked for McGregor Printing for six years, often participated in the Rotisserie Baseball leagues with other employees.

He also collected comic books.

was an active alumni member of Delta Phi Omega fraternity, which he joined as an undergraduate.

Mr. Moffet's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the PruitFuneral Home on Washington Road in Westminster, his brother said.

In addition to his brother, who lives in Hampstead, Mr. Moffett is survived by his mother, Helen Moffett of Union Bridge, and a sister, Elaine Moffett of Emmitsburg.

:. His father, Phillip Moffett, died in 1971.

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