BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A San Pablo man died from head trauma suffered in an industrial accident at a manufacturing plant in Berkeley last week, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.
Ariel Munoz-Garcia, a 30-year-old employee at Berkeley Forge and Tool, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 1330 Second St. at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the coroner’s bureau.READ MORE: Demonstration in Oakland to Protest Police Shootings Turns Violent
Patricia Ortiz, a spokeswoman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said that the accident remains under investigation.
Ortiz said the industrial accident that resulted in the death of Munoz-Garcia is believed to have occurred on Thursday around 10:20 p.m. when an 8-inch wheel from a pneumatic hand grinder broke into pieces and fatally struck Muniz-Garcia in the left side of his head.
According to the coroner’s bureau, Munoz-Garcia died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head with a penetrating foreign body.
“Our responsibility is to conduct a thorough investigation and to use the information to prevent similar accidents,” Ortiz said.
Paul Bierwith, a co-owner of Berkeley Forge and Tool, a manufacturer of mining products, which employees between 80 and 100 workers in Berkeley, said the tragic accident at the facility happened during an overnight shift.READ MORE: Man Ripping Down Flyers Promoting AAPI Anti-Hate Rally Caught on Camera in Mountain View
Bierwith said that the death of Munoz-Garcia is the sole fatality in the company’s 65-year history of operation in Berkeley.
“The company is deeply saddened and our hearts go out to his family,” Bierwith said.
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