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Worker found dead at cement company
May, 30 2012
(New York) -- Police are investigating the Monday night death of an employee at the Lehigh Northeast Cement Co. plant on Warren Street.
Michael T. Corbett, 51, of Moreau, was found unconscious on the grounds of the mill by a co-worker at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Glens Falls firefighters were called and took Corbett to Glens Falls Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Glens Falls Police Detective Sgt. Peter Casertino.
He was found on a gravel path that connects buildings on the property, near a corner of the "crane bay building," officials said.
Both vehicles and pedestrians use the path in that area, police said.
Corbett had an injury to his upper left leg, but it was unclear what caused it, according to police. No one witnessed his collapse and no other injuries were apparent.
There was no indication he fell from a building, but police were looking into whether he could have been hit by a vehicle. However, there were no witness accounts or other evidence of such a collision, Casertino said.
“That’s something we hope will be determined by the autopsy,” Casertino said.
It is also possible Corbett suffered a medical problem and hurt his leg as he fell, Casertino said.
Corbett was one of just a handful of workers who were on duty at the mill overnight Monday, police said.
Police were notified when the man was taken to the hospital, and Casertino said an autopsy was to be conducted Wednesday to try to determine the cause of his death.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety & Health Administration was also investigating the death. Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the agency, said an investigative team from the agency had been sent to Glens Falls.
The company makes cement at a plant that straddles the Hudson River.
Two phone calls to the mill were not returned Tuesday.
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