Employee's death at Finksburg plant under investigation

March 01, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

The death of a Westminster man Monday in an industrial accident at a Finksburg business remains under investigation by state safety officials but appears to have been caused by the employee's error, state police said yesterday.

David Alan Harvilak II, 31, of the 100 block of E. Main St. was pronounced dead after his left arm became ensnared about 3: 30 p.m. in machinery used to wrap plastic on 15-foot rolls of a laminate, police said.

He was trying to remove debris from the machine when he was pulled in and pinned by a 10,000-pound roll of the product at Congoleum Corp. in the 2700 block of Emory Road, state police said. Other workers shut off the machine, but it was too late, state police said.

A spokesman for the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office said an initial report on the incident had not been filed.

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