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TELL CITY – Perry County’s deputy coroner hopes an autopsy will determine what killed a ThyssenKrupp Waupaca employee found early Monday inside the company’s Tell City foundry.
John Gebhard told The News Monday morning that Frankie Jordan, 42, of Grandview was found slumped over the controls of a scissors lift he was operating. Paramedics were called at 3:41 a.m. and found Jordan lodged between the lift’s railing and a piece of equipment, Gebhard said. The lift’s platform was 8 to 10 feet off the ground. Gebhard said Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy, he said, will help determine the cause of death.
“We don’t know if he became pinned somehow or had a medical issue that caused him to slump over. Right now it’s undetermined,” Gebhard said.
Jordan was working his first shift since getting married last week, Gebhard said.
Ed Zellers, personnel manager for the foundry, said the company will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct its own review.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family from everyone here and all of Waupaca,” Zellers said.