Worker dies after being pinned by forklift at Nampa cheese factory

NAMPA -- A worker died after an industrial accident at a cheese manufacturing plant in Nampa Thursday morning. 

The incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. at Sorrento Lactalis at Franklin and Star roads.

According to the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, the man was pinned between a rack and a forklift. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. 

Canyon County Sheriff's Office spokesman Joe Decker said deputies were sent out to assist medics, but the incident does not appear to be a crime.

OSHA is taking over the investigation, Decker said Thursday night.

Lactalis released a statement about the incident Friday morning, calling the man's death a "tragic accident." The worker's name has not yet been released. 

The entire statement is below: 

Lactalis American Group regretfully confirms that a tragic accident occurred at the company's manufacturing facility in Nampa, Idaho.  Yesterday, at approximately 7:20am MST, an employee was injured while operating a standing forklift, and later passed away at the hospital.  Plant employees immediately provided assistance and an ambulance was dispatched following a call to 911.   
 
Our first priority is the health and safety of our personnel. The company has launched a full investigation in order to determine the cause of this tragic accident. 
 
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our lost colleague.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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