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OSHA investigating temporary worker's death at Jacksonville Bacardi plant

6:26 PM, Aug 17, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  It was just before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to Jacksonville police, when they were directed inside the Bacardi plant to a piece of equipment where they found the lifeless body of 21-year-old Lawrence DaQuan Davis inside it.

Sgt. Jay Farhat with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said, "All we know is he was working underneath a piece of heavy equipment and was crushed."

The plant is a bottling facility, which is located at 12200 Main Street on Jacksonville's Northside.

All of the Bacardi rum for North America is produced at the plant. The tragic accident happened in the production area off the bottling line, according to Bacardi officials.

Brian Sturtecky is the area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

"We have up to six months to conclude our investigation. If any hazards are found during the comprehensive inspection as a result of this accident citations will be proposed to the employer," Sturtecky said.

Meanwhile Patricia M. Neal, a spokesperson for Bacardi said, "The accident is still under internal investigation. The production area of the facility was temporarily closed, and has now been cleared to resume operations. The rest of the campus has been operating under normal procedures.

"Bacardi prides itself as having safety as its number one priority. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and we're offering on-site counseling and support for our employees."

Bacardi employs 250 workers at the Jacksonville plant.

Tammie Fields, First Coast News

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