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Fatality under investigation at Va. recycling plant

Published On: Aug 29 2013 07:51:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 29 2013 04:53:47 PM CDT
ROANOKE, Va. -

Investigators are examining the circumstances that led to a fatal accident at a Roanoke County recycling plant.

Roanoke County police say a 53-year-old man employed at Recycling and Disposal Solutions died at the company's plant when he slipped into a recycling baler machine.

The machine is used to compact aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and other items. Police have not publicly identified the man, pending notification of next of kin.

The Roanoke Times reports that officials say investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were at the plant Wednesday continuing an investigation that could take up to six months.

Recycling and Disposal Solutions said the company is "saddened" by the accident but would not comment further because of the active investigation.