A manufacturing facility worker died after getting stuck inside an industrial metal cutting machine that switched on, police said.

The fatal incident at Gardena, CA-based German Machined Company Inc., occurred Monday at 12:40 p.m.

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The business specializes in machining and assembly for the aerospace industry, according to the company’s website.

Law enforcement and medical authorities have not yet released the name of the victim, who was in his 50s.

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A fire crew responding to the scene had been told the man was trapped inside a machine, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Vanessa Lozano. But when the emergency services arrived, roughly five minutes later, it was already too late.

Police will now investigate the company, its employees and training procedures, said Gardena police Lieutenant Christopher Cuff.

“It appears that the employee was conducting some sort of maintenance on the machine when the machine was turned on,” Cuff said. He confirmed initial reports the staffer was inside the machine at the time.

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health had also launched an investigation into German Machined Products Inc.

The company started up in 1972.

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