An employee of a Fowlerville company was killed Monday in an apparent warehouse accident.
According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), a 31-year-old shipping/receiving handler at RheTech Compounding was moving pallets in a warehouse using a Hilo in Monday when one of the pallets, which contain nylon sacks of plastic pellets weighing approximately 2,200-2,300 pounds, fell on top of him.
Coworkers later discovered the employee unresponsive on the ground. He was declared dead at the scene according to Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy. Sheriff’s deputies, EMS and firefighters assisted at the scene.
Following the incident, the company released a statement.
“RheTech is deeply saddened by the recent death of one of its employees due to a work-related accident at the company’s Fowlerville facility. We express our deepest sympathies to the employee’s family and the company will provide support to its workers during this difficult time. RheTech is investigating the accident with internal personnel, as well as representatives from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and MiOSHA. Nothing is more important, and no commitment more fundamental, than the safety of our personnel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our former team member.”
RheTech’s Fowlerville facility was built in 1997. The company bills itself as “a leading producer of filled & reinforced polypropylenes, engineered resins, color concentrates and additives.”