November 27, 2014

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Lorain worker crushed to death

LORAIN — An employee of Brush Wellman Engineered Products was crushed to death Sunday night in a casting machine.

Matthew Salisbury, 30, of Day Drive in Lorain, was pronounced dead at the scene following the accident, which occurred at about 10:50 p.m., said county Coroner Paul Matus.

Salisbury 

“He died as a result of acute trauma,” Matus said. “His injuries were obvious and fatal.”

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Toledo office is investigating the accident.

“He was inside a machine and got pinned,” said Dick Tracy, the agency’s assistant area director. He said it was too early to say how the accident occurred.

Salisbury’s wife, Jennifer Salisbury, said a co-worker told her he saw the whole thing.

“The machine was broke down — it was clogged — and he was trying to unclog it,” she said.

When her husband became pinned, someone turned off the air compressor that powered the machinery, but it was too late for the first aid co-workers tried to administer, she said. 

Jennifer Salisbury said medical personnel said her husband died instantly. Her husband also is survived by two sons, Daniel, 11, and David, 9.

Salisbury, an operating employee at the plant, died while working on a vertical continuous caster that makes various shapes of metal by pouring liquids into molds, Brush Wellman spokesman Patrick Carpenter said.

“We’re conducting a thorough investigation of the cause,” Carpenter said.

“The company’s employees are greatly saddened by the loss of one of our employees at Lorain,” Carpenter said. “Our thoughts are with his family and we are reaching out to the family.”

There have been no prior deaths since the factory at 7375 Industrial Parkway opened a decade ago, he said. The factory produces specialty alloys used by other companies to make bearings and other components for commercial aircraft and parts used in oil rigs and underwater oil production, he said.

“Until this tragic incident, the plant achieved more than 2,000 continuous days of having no injuries that caused an employee to lose work,” Carpenter said.

Demand for Brush Wellman engineered products has been so great the Lorain plant is operating seven days a week,
24 hours a day, Carpenter said.

Jennifer Salisbury said her husband started working at the plant in April 2006.

“He was a good dad who loved his job and he loved pool,” she said. ”He was really good with his kids and liked playing baseball, football and video games with them.”

Contact Cindy Leise at 653-6250 or cleise@chroniclet.com.