Mercer County village worker killed in industrial accident

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

A Village of Mendon employee was killed in an industrial accident Thursday at the village utility department, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said. 

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Brendan Poling, 49, had climbed inside the bed of a dump truck carrying salt and it appeared he slipped into a salt auger, where another village employee discovered him, the sheriff said in a prepared statement released tonight. 

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Deputies were dispatched to the utility department, 340 E. Market St., just after 11:30 a.m. for a male stuck in an auger. 

Poling, who was a Mendon resident, died at the scene, the sheriff said. 

No word on whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted. OSHA, part of the federal labor department, usually investigates industrial accidents.

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