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A 55-year-old Silverton, OR, man died Friday at a steel fabrication and processing plant after a 1,600-pound steel plate fell from a clamp and landed on him.

James Scruggs of Silverton was a 16-year employee of BBC Steel Corp., said Canby Police Chief Bret Smith.

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When the incident occurred, six fellow employees rushed to help and were able to lift the plate off Scruggs. They then began CPR.

Canby Fire District crews initially called for a helicopter ambulance, then canceled and called for a medical examiner after workers could not bring Scruggs back to life.

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BBC Steel co-owner Diana Boyer said Scruggs was “a very good employee.”

BBC Steel is a family run business that specializes in manufacturing customized steel components for sculptures and art installations, according to its website.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Division is investigating the incident.
Canby is south of Portland.

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