A Topeka man has been killed in a forklift accident in Osage City, authorities said Wednesday.
Ruben G. Chavira, 53, was operating a forklift early Wednesday when the vehicle pinned him against other equipment at the Orbis Plastic plant at 515 S. Fifth St. in Osage City, according to a statement posted on the Osage City Police Department’s Facebook page.
Osage City police were sent to the plant at about 3:15 a.m., police Chief Fred Nech said in the statement. Chavira was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was found by another employee, Nech said. Chavira was a press operator and backup grinder and had worked at Orbis since 2014.
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The incident is being investigated by Orbis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the coroner’s office, Nech said.