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.
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.
“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.