Last updated: May 20. 2014 6:03PM - 5871 Views
By Ilene Haluska ihaluska@civitasmedia.com



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VERSAILLES — An industrial accident claimed the life of a worker at Codino’s Limited Inc. on Tuesday afternoon.


The call for help went out to local emergency services (EMS) that a worker was caught in an extruder and that it was a possible death. An extruder is a piece of equipment used in food processing that has an auger that conveys material through high pressure to cut.


Glenn Brown, general manager of the facility, released the following statement a couple of hours after the accident,” There was a workplace fatality at Codino’s Limited in Versailles, Ohio. The accident is currently under investigation. We are not releasing any names until the family has been notified.”


The facility in Versailles is one of two properties owned by Codino’s, a pasta manufacturer of products like stuffed rigatoni, stuffed ziti, lasagna sandwiches and lasagna rollettes.


According to their website, Codino’s has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years.


Darke County Coroner Dr. Tim Kathman said investigators with the coroner’s office put on Tyvk suits, used as a barrier for processing the scene.


“Right now we’re in recovery,” Kathman said. He nor Versailles Police Chief Mark Humphries do not ever recall such an accident in Darke County.


After the initial arrival of EMS and the coroner’s office staff, more EMS vehicles arrived on the scene. Chief Medical Investigator for Darke County’s Coroner’s Officer, Joe Van Vickle, said additional vehicles are there for establishing a rehab crew.


A Greenville resident, who said that he works next door at King’s Command, Jesse Hammaker, said that he immediately noticed a lot of vehicles and you know something has happened. King’s Command has a lot of proper equipment, personal protective equipment, and he hoped it wasn’t serious.


“If you disrespect a machine, it could disrespect you right back.”


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