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A worker at Howard Industries Inc. in Laurel, MS, died in an industrial incident after a piece of equipment fell.

The worker, identified as Larry Moffett, 63, died when a piece of equipment fell on him, officials said. He ended up crushed by a 6,000-pound tanker that he had been welding at the company’s facility off Pendorff Road, family members said.

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Moffett had worked at Howard Industries for 36 years and was two years away from retiring. He was a tank regulator and leak tester.

Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox said officers responded to the incident shortly before 4 p.m. March 15 to discover a “gentlemen had been injured.” He said it was later confirmed the incident resulted in a death.

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“We went for documentation purposes and we will allow the proper authorities to complete their investigation,” he said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.

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